Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

This post began as a response to a question left by an anonymous reader of my blog on a previous post in which I reflected on the origins of my interest in anthropology and my training and career as an anthropologist. I thought it was a really good question, and wanted to be able to … Continue reading Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

Stories of Wage Theft: Jamal J.

The following is a true story of wage theft. In the summer of 2011, I conducted interviews with individuals who had experienced wage theft (and other labor violations) in Memphis, TN. This was for a project with Workers Interfaith Network, which sought to share these stories and educate the public about wage theft in the community. Pseudonyms … Continue reading Stories of Wage Theft: Jamal J.

Stories of Wage Theft: Patricio G.

The following is a true story of wage theft. In the summer of 2011, I conducted interviews with individuals who had experienced wage theft (and other labor violations) in Memphis, TN. This was for a project with Workers Interfaith Network, which sought to share these stories and educate the public about wage theft in the community. Pseudonyms … Continue reading Stories of Wage Theft: Patricio G.

Entrepreneurship and informal economies

I'm very fascinated by the ways in which people supplement or create incomes through informal and underground economies. These are strategic methods used to create household or individual income and are untaxed and sometimes illegal. My curiosity centers around the questions of what causes people to go into these forms of business and how they … Continue reading Entrepreneurship and informal economies