Labor, Emotions And Social Structuration In Argentina

Authors
Scribano, Adrián Oscar; Vergara, Gabriela del Valle; Lisdero, Pedro Matías; Quattrini, Diego
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
This paper sums up –in a cross-sectional perspective –three research studies concerning different work-related experiences in Argentina, involving call centers, social program beneficiaries and urban waste collectors. We discuss a particular dimension of certain processes related to transformations in labor to understand the role of emotions in the current processes of configuration of social relations. The methodology employed is predominantly qualitative: this paper focuses the analysis on the information gathered through in-depth interviews, from which it offers excerpts of narratives by call-center workers, unemployed trainees at the job training centers and female waste collectors. From three different perspectives upon the complex labor relations in Argentina –as a possible stage in the current transformation of the labor world –we show how a) socially constructed fear organizes perceptions and structures “correct ways of feeling” to guarantee not only the inexistence of conflict, but enormous profit rates for call centers; b) the “embodiment” of workers’ faces is located at the core of a business’s presentation, as a human ability to be valued and regulated for social program beneficiaries; and c) the “sensibility of disposable people” displays the way a particular reality becomes unquestionable, favoring a state of occupational disposability, for urban waste collectors. We state that these changes in the labor world show particular ways of managing emotions, becoming an axis of the “political economy of morals” at the current stage of expansion of capitalist social relationships.
Fil: Scribano, Adrián Oscar. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales. Instituto de Investigaciones "Gino Germani"; Argentina
Fil: Vergara, Gabriela del Valle. Universidad Nacional de Villa María. Instituto Académico Pedagógico de Ciencias Sociales; Argentina
Fil: Lisdero, Pedro Matías. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad; Argentina
Fil: Quattrini, Diego. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Centro de Investigaciones y Transferencia de Villa María. Universidad Nacional de Villa María. Centro de Investigaciones y Transferencia de Villa María; Argentina
Subject
LABOR
EMOTIONS
BODIES
SOCIAL STRUCTURATION
Otras Sociología
Sociología
CIENCIAS SOCIALES
Access level
Open access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/70716