Searching for Work
Small-Scale Mobility and Unskilled Labor in Southeast Asia
- PUBLISHED: August 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 312 Pages, 6 x 9 in x 0in, 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.
Searching for Work provides absorbing snapshots of what life is like for low and unskilled precarious labour in Southeast Asia today.-