The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State (BOK)

Paulo Drinot

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In The Allure of Labor, Paulo Drinot rethinks the social politics of early-twentieth-century Peru. Arguing that industrialization was as much a cultural project as an economic one, he describes how intellectuals and policymakers came to believe that industrialization and a modern workforce would transform Peru into a civilized nation. Preoccupied with industrial progress but wary of the disruptive power of organized labour, these elites led the Peruvian state into new areas of regulation and social intervention designed to protect and improve the modern, efficient worker, whom they understood to be white/mestizo. Their thinking was shaped by racialized assumptions about work and workers inherited from the colonial era and inflected through scientific racism and positivism. Although the vast majority of labouring peoples in Peru were indigenous, in the minds of social reformers, indigeneity was not commensurable with labour: Indians could not be workers and were therefore excluded from the labour policies enacted in the 1920s and 1930s and, more generally, from elite conceptions of industrial progress. Drinot shows how the incommensurability between indigeneity and labour was expressed in the 1920 constitution, specific labour policies, and the activities of state agencies created to oversee collective bargaining and provide workers with affordable housing, inexpensive food, and social insurance. He argues that the racialized assumptions of the modernizing Peruvian state are reflected in the enduring inequalities of present-day Peru.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Paulo Drinot
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822350132
Antall sider 312 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,4cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 463 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Sociology: work & labour, History, Physical anthropology