How we struggle – key texts and further reading

The texts here are a mixture of the books and articles that I found to be most helpful as I wrote the chapters, and some that I have been reading since I completed the manuscript. I’d like it to be a dynamic resource, and I hope that readers of the book will use the comments function on this page to suggest any additions of their own.


Federici, S. (2012). Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. PM Press. My version is the 1st edition, there’s a 2nd edition published in 2020

Bear, L., Ho, K., Tsing, A. L. & Yanagisako, S. (2015). Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism. Retrieved from

Wolf, E. R. (1997 [1982]). Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley, University of California Press.

Narotsky, S. & Besnier, N. (2014). Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the Economy: An Introduction to Wenner-Gren Symposium Supplement 9. Current Anthropology, 55(S9), S4–S16.

S. Kasmir & A. Carbonella (eds), Blood and Fire. A Global Anthropology of Labor. Berghahn books.

Silver, B. (2003). Forces of Labor. Workers’ Movements and Globalization since 1870. Cambridge University Press;

Weeks, K. (2011). The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries. Duke University Press, 70, 71, 77.

Jaffe, S. (2021). Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone. PublicAffairs.

Chapter 1

C. Hann & J. Parry (eds), Industrial Labor on the Margins of Capitalism: Precarity, Class, and the Neoliberal Subject. Berghahn.

Kapesea, R. & McNamara, T. (2020). ‘We Are Not Just a Union, We Are a Family’: Class, Kinship and Tribe in Zambia’s Mining Unions. Dialectical Anthropology, 44(2), 153–172

Soul, J. (2020). ‘The Union is Like a Family Father, the Chief’: Working-Class Making and (Re)making and Union Membership Experiences in Two Generations of Argentinian Metalworkers. Dialectical Anthropology, 44(2), 137–151

Wolanski, S. (2015). La familia telefónica: Sobre las relaciones de parentesco en la política sindical. Cuadernos de Antropología Social, 42, 91–107.

Beynon, H. (1973). Working For Ford. Harmonsworth, Penguin Books.

Winant, G. (2021). The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America, Harvard University Press.

Parry, J (2020) Classes of Labour. Work and Life in a Central Indian Steel Town. Routledge

Chapter 2

Anything by Pun Ngai or Jenny Chan, especially

Chan, J., Selden, M. & Pun, N. (2020). Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and The Lives of China’s Workers. Haymarket Books.

Prentice, R. (2015). Thiefing a Chance: Factory Work, Illicit Labor, and Neoliberal Subjectivities in Trinidad, University Press of Colorado.

Chapter 3

Besky, S. (2014). The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India. University of California Press;

Mintz, S. W. (1985). Sweetness and Power. The Place of Sugar in Modern History. Elisabeth Sifton Books.

Guthman, J. (2019). Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry. University of California Press.

Horton, S. B. (2016). They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and Illegality Among US Farmworkers. University of California Press.

Hetherington, K (2020) The government of beans. Regulating life in the age of monocrops Duke University Press

Chapter 4

Anything by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

Federici, S. (2020 [2011]). On Affective Labor. In S. Federici (ed.), Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (2nd edition) (pp. 49–56). PM Press

Goodfriend, H. (2018). ‘Where You From?’: Deportación, identidad y trabajo reciclado en el call center salvadoreño. Latin American Research Review, 53(2), 303–317;

Mirchandani, K. (2012). Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy. Cornell University Press.

Stacey, C. L. (2011). The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides.Cornell University Press.

Coe, C. (2019). The New American Servitude: Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers. NYU Press.

Koch, G. (2020). Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy, Stanford University Press.      

Ramos Zayas, A (2020) Parenting Empires: Class, Whiteness, and the Moral Economy of Privilege in Latin America. Duke University Press

Chapter 5

Chong, K. (2018). Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China. Duke University Press.

Loveday, V. (2018). The Neurotic Academic: Anxiety, Casualisation, and Governance in the Neoliberalising University. Journal of Cultural Economy, 11(2), 154–166.

Eagleton, T. (2015). The Slow Death of the University. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 April. See also;

Bear, L. (2015). Navigating Austerity: Currents of Debt along a South Asian River. Stanford University Press.

Blanc, E. (2019). Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics. Verso Books.

Chapter 6

Anything by Alex Wood, Mark Graham, Jamie Woodcock, Mary Gray

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Cant, C. (2019). Riding for Deliveroo: Resistance in the New Economy. Polity Press.

Ticona, J. (2022) Left to our own devices. Coping with insecure work in a digital age. OUP

Chapter 7

Gershon, I (2017). Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today. University of Chicago Press.

Millar, K. (2018). Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump. Duke University Press

Barchiesi, F. (2011). Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Postapartheid South Africa. State University of New York Press.

Sopranzetti, C. (2017). Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok, University of California Press.

Narotzky, S. and G. Smith (2006). Immediate Struggles: People, Power, and Place in Rural Spain. California, University of California Press.

Ngwane, T. 2021. Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements. London: Plutopress and Johannesburg: Jacana Media. (also articles by Ngwane)

Chapter 8

Bhattacharya, T. (2017). Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression. Pluto Press.

Han, C. (2012). Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile. University of California Press

Vergès, F. (2021). A Decolonial Feminism. Pluto Press.

Yarris, K. (2017). Care Across Generations: Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families. Stanford University Press.

Bridges, K. (2011). Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization. University of California Press

Luttrell, W. (2020). Children Framing Childhoods: Working-Class Kids’ Visions of Care, Policy Press.


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