Kathleen Ann Pickering's Lakota Culture, World Economy PDF

By Kathleen Ann Pickering

ISBN-10: 0803202326

ISBN-13: 9780803202320

ISBN-10: 0803236905

ISBN-13: 9780803236905

Lakota tradition, global financial system makes use of large interviews with citizens of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations to offer the 1st in-depth examine the fashionable economic system of the Lakotas. staff either out and in of the house, small-business vendors, federal and tribal govt staff, and unemployed and underemployed Lakotas communicate at once approximately their monetary clients, the adjustments they've got skilled, and the way they take care of residing in groups which are in lots of methods marginalized via the fashionable international financial system. Kathleen Ann Pickering weaves those compelling first-person bills with broader theoretical concerns to create a nuanced ethnographic tapestry of lifestyles this present day at the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations. rather enlightening are her attention of the far-reaching monetary value of conventional Lakota families and her evaluation of the way Lakota identity—shaped by means of values, gender, ethnicity, race, and class—is inextricably sure up with the fashionable reservation financial system.

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The impositions of the world economy are gradually becoming more apparent through the educational requirements for reservation work. Most Lakotas I spoke with feel that the overall level of education needed to find jobs is increasing. A high school diploma or  used to be adequate for any government, tribal, or nonprofit organization position. Now two-year college degrees are being required for the same jobs. A woman from Rosebud in her thirties feels her prospects for job advancement are dim: ‘‘I think school is the most important for the young people to make it.

Relatives come and go as work opportunities appear and vanish or as love relationships begin and end. Relatives returning from off-reservation work are another common component of households, for the short term or sometimes for the long term. ’’ Children Within the reservation communities it does take a village to raise a child. The costs of children are not borne entirely by their parents, and in some instances are not at all. Several mechanisms spread economic responsibility for children across the community.

Economy, Lakotas have difficulty finding access to market-based forms of production. Wage work positions, small business ownership, and commodity agricultural enterprises are at a premium, and unemployment and underemployment rates are high. The demands of the world economy are readily felt in the wage labor jobs that are available. With virtually no bargaining power, Lakota wage workers face difficult working conditions with limited opportunities for advancement and constant pressures to leave their reservation communities to find better economic options.

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