Domination And Resistance : The Politics Of Wage Household Labor

825 Words Sep 1st, 2016 4 Pages
This week’s lecture by Professor Dan Gilbert and the excerpts of Tera Hunter’s works titled “Domination and resistance: The Politics of Wage Household Labor in New South Atlanta” and “Dancing and Carousing the Night Away” portrayed the role labor relations played in relation to inequality. It is quite interesting how the relations in the workplace mirror those in the community and across the nation. Tera Hunter discuss how workers challenged daily inequality in the workplace and Professor Gilbert made the social and political implication of their actions more obvious.
In the workplace power is an important thing and those in power often abuse it. They feel as though they always have the upper hand because they can threaten an employee’s job security. It is only when workers fight for fairer treatment that they receive it. In the James C Scott quote Tera Hunter starts her paper “Domination and Resistance: The Politics of Wage Household Labor in New South Atlanta” with he says that relations of domination are also relations of domination. He is essentially stating that dominance can only be asserted if there is no resistance. We saw this in practice as washerwoman in places like Atlanta, GA and Jackson, MS organized strikes to challenge the dominance of the Southern householders. The householders often took the workers for granted and expected them to work countless hours and to show loyalty. However, those workers, often African-American, sometimes chose to break the norm by…

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