chapter  8
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The Anthropology of the Workplace and the Family

When speaking of a "workplace," we are already on the terrain of modern institutions. Prior to the modern reorganization of relations in and of production, most everyone 's place of work was household or field; about the closest thing we find to a distinct workplace are the forges and workbenches of craft and artisan labor, or perhaps the intensive organization and division of labor found on the fishing vessel. This is also true of the separation of work and family: at least for those not laboring under bondage. work was usually with family, lineage, and community until the advent of the modern workplace and impersonal markets in labor.