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Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 273–276 | Cite as

Comment on De Genova’s “Management of quality”

Race-thinking at the point of production
  • David R. Roediger
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A double quality in Nick De Genova’s remarkable account of race in the workplace is part and parcel of the richness of the analysis and observation that he provides. Race-thinking enters the point of production in ways fully useful for the extraction of production and in ways explosively troublesome to management. On the first hand, divisions among workers proliferate in ways that not only make class unity less realizable, but also enable management to make resonating claims: e.g. management’s claim that the Black worker’s imputed and real position of being “precisely mobilized (insubordinate) or at least always already mobilizable—as labor against capital” bespoke not a position of strength but the reason for their removal and replacement by Latino workers. Whether understood as a cautionary tale or whether reprocessed at times in a “profoundly self-defeating refraction” through which Latino workers gave the employer’s “crude and overt strategy of racial management” the twist that...

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Total Quality Management Capitalist Production Black Worker Abstract Labor Marxist Tradition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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