From Insecurity to Movement

Susana Narotzky and Gavin Smith

in Immediate Struggles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245686
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939011 | DOI:
From Insecurity to Movement

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This chapter identifies the discontinuity between agricultural work and industrial work. While to families rooted in corporatist dependencies characterized by the aniago contract, the 1940s and the 1950s represented more a period of organic integrity and geographic fixity, those rooted in the daily uncertainties characterized by the jornal contract chose to keep narrations of the repression under wraps. Working people who, unable or unwilling to resolve the problems of uncertainty through long-standing ties of dependency to landlords or other employers, depended entirely on labor contracted by the day. They worked for more than one landlord; they worked in other villages, having no bond of loyalty that might be broken thereby; they migrated. This was not just a complementary seasonal cycle shifting people between industry and agriculture, it was also a response to the uncertainties resulting from national and international economic shifts as well as a highly unpredictable climate.

Keywords: corporatist dependencies; migrate; industrial work; economic shift; unpredictable climate; geographic fixity

Chapter.  9010 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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