Subsidizing Capitalism

Subsidizing Capitalism

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In Mexico, self-employed brickmakers support capitalist enterprise by providing bricks to build hotels, factories, office buildings, and shopping malls at costs lower than those based on profit-making principles. Combining Chayanovian and neo-Marxist approaches, Subsidizing Capitalism asserts that the economic activities of these self-employed brickmakers may be considered counterhegemonic because they avoid proletarianization in the formal sector. Tamar Diana Wilson discusses the similarities between peasants and brickmakers, the structural position of garbage pickers in relation to brickmakers, the trajectory from piece worker to petty commodity producer to petty capitalist, the economic value of womena€™s and childrena€™s work as part of the family labor force, and how the neopatriarchal household is intrinsic to petty commodity production. Interspersed throughout are short stories and poems that offer the brickmakersa€™ perspectives and provide a rarely seen look into their lives.The CROC, to which many brick- makers belong, also has helped them find new lands on which to make and bake ... Thus they would earn 300 to 350 pesos every two days (thirty to thirty-five dollars), or seventy-five dollars to $87.50 for aanbsp;...

Title:Subsidizing Capitalism
Author:Tamar Diana Wilson
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2006-06-01


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