Based on periodic ethnographic fieldwork over a span of fifteen years, Martinez shows how impoverished plantation dwellers find ways of coping with the alienation that would be expected while laboring to produce goods for the richer countries Despite living in dire poverty, these workers live in a thoroughly commodified social environment Ritual, eroticism, electronic media, household adornment, payday weekend binging are ways even chronically poor plantation residents dream beyond reality Yet plantation residents efforts to live decently and escape from the dead hand of necessity also deepen existing divisions of ethnic identity and status As the divide between haves and have nots worsens as a result of neoliberal reform and the decline of sugar in international markets, this book reveals on an intensely human scale the coarsening of the social fabric of this and other communities of the world s poorer nations....
|Title||:||Decency and Excess: Global Aspirations and Material Deprivation on a Caribbean Sugar Plantation|
|Publisher||:||Routledge 1 edition November 1, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||242 pages|
|File Size||:||670 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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