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La Vida Matizada: Time Sense, Everyday Rhythms, and Globalized Ideas of Work

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This article explores three instances of the frictions and negotiations that are sparked by specific transnational encounters with global capitalist temporality. Capitalist ideas about the proper ways to organize time and labor have long dominated global practices. Such ideas simultaneously force acceptance of a limited model of the proper relationships between work and everyday life. This article provides ethnographic descriptions of the work rhythms of three men in interconnected contexts—those of an indigenous Saraguro (Ecuador) man, the experience of a migrant Saraguro man who works in industrial agriculture in the United States, and the author's experience as an academic.

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