Searching for Work
Small-Scale Mobility and Unskilled Labor in Southeast Asia
- PUBLISHED: October 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 312 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 16 illus.
- ISBN: 9786162151439
Small-scale, work-related mobility has become a constitutive feature of modern local Southeast Asian societies. This unique volume traces the lives of low-paid, mostly young, unskilled migrants who have moved away from their villages of origin in search of a job: contractual farmers in Laos; miners, young urban service workers, and construction workers in Indonesia; shoemakers in the Philippines; and factory workers in Vietnam. The case studies show how ill-defined work leads to lives of structural and symbolic precariousness and reshapes the migrants’ own moral visions of work, identity, and belonging.
Authors & Contributors
Silvia Vignato is associate professor in anthropology at Universita di Milano-Bicocca and chief editor of Antropologia. Matteo Carlo Alcano is a postdoctoral fellow at Universita di Milano-Bicocca. The contributors are Matteo Carlo Alcano, Vanina Bouté, Michela Cerimele, Concepcion Lagos, Pietro P. Masina, Giacomo Tabacco, and Silvia Vignato.