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Trabajo y sociedad

On-line version ISSN 1514-6871

Abstract

RIUS, Pía Valeria. From desocupados' movements to cooperatives and social economy in Argentina. Trab. soc. [online]. 2011, n.17, pp. 265-283. ISSN 1514-6871.

This article studies forms of work and militancy practices in desocupados' (unemployed workers') movements (MTD). It compares the militants' and the non-militants' conceptions of work observed in the same social milieu. It analyzes a textile cooperative in the city of Berisso between 2003 and 2007. From an ethnographic standpoint, the article explores the relationships established between members and non-members, in particular, links between families, acquaintances and vecinos (neighbors). The analysis does not focus on the movement as political actor but conceptions of justice, notions of work and economic activity. Political activities turn into work. Work remains at the heart of representations of worthy activity but encompasses new practices. Finally, the way discourse and the spoken word are apprehended by members and non-members within the groups signals a form of publicity supported by mutual, albeit fragile, agreements, through which discussion emerges in the workplace.

Keywords : Conceptions of work; Militancy; Unemployed; Textile cooperative.

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