Labor in Culture, Or, Worker of the World(s)

  • Peter Hitchcock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Worker

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Hitchcock
      Pages 3-45
    3. Peter Hitchcock
      Pages 47-74
  3. World(s)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Peter Hitchcock
      Pages 133-190
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-248

About this book


This book is a cultural critique of labor and globalization that considers whether one can represent the other. The cultural representation of labor is a challenge in how globalization is understood. Workers may be everywhere in the world but cultural correlatives are problematic. By elaborating cultural theory and practice this book examines why this might be so. If globalization unites workers via production and capital flows, it often writes over traditional or progressive forms of unity. Worlds of work have expanded in the last half century, yet labor has receded within cultural discourse. By considering critical and historical concepts in the workers’ inquiry, the subject, and value, and provocative projects in cultural representation itself, this study expands our lexicon of labor to understand more fully what “workers of the world” means under globalization. As such the book offers broad appeal to students and teachers of Global and Cultural Studies and will interest all those who take seriously how the worker is articulated at a global scale. 


labor labour globalization work cultural discourse Marx Engels Communist Manifesto cultural representation

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Hitchcock
    • 1
  1. 1.The Graduate Center and Baruch CollegeCity University of New York (CUNY)New YorkUSA

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