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"Anthropology and the workplace--workforce mismatch"

by Darrah, Charles N (2005)


The mismatch between workplace and workforce is manifested in ways both large and small [1]. On the grand scale, we are familiar with a litany of new realities, such as changes in the nature of work and employment arrangements, new technologies that seemingly erode the limitations of space and time, increased participation of women in the workforce, and the often harsh dictates of global competition (Osterman, Kochan, Locke and Piore 2001: 6-9). These grand transformations become especially real for families when they alter the fabric of everyday life. Such alterations can seem trite or merely difficult to see, but they are redefining the familiar landmarks of daily life. We see these smaller scale changes not through social statistics, but when we examine the everyday lives of individual families.


Anthropology, Participation, Gender, Community Studies, Anthropology Of The Workplace, Ethnography


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