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The moralisation of insecurity and exploitation

From Strangers In Their Own Land, by Arlie Hochschild, loc 2587-2603:

Not claiming to be a victim, accommodating the downside of loose regulations out of a loyalty to free enterprise—this was a tacit form of heroism, hidden to incurious liberals. Sometimes you had to endure bad news, Janice felt, for a higher good, such as jobs in oil. I was discovering three distinct expressions of this endurance self in different people around Lake Charles—the Team Loyalist, the Worshipper, and the Cowboy, as I came to see them. Each kind of person expresses the value of endurance and expresses a capacity for it. Each attaches an aspect of self to this heroism. The Team Loyalist accomplishes a team goal, supporting the Republican Party. The Worshipper sacrifices a strong wish. The Cowboy affirms a fearless self. Janice was a Team Loyalist.

Categories: Digital Inequalities Post-Democracy, Depoliticisation and Technocracy Structural Redundancy and Abjection The Intensification of Work The Political Economy of Digital Capitalism

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