[URBANTH-L]Re: AAA and the strike

Anthony D'Andrea a-dandrea at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 22 00:31:11 EDT 2004

The AAA is entrapped in between scientific purposes and labor politics 
(and combinations of both). Without this strike, we would never really 
know what the AAA is all about now. The final decision, in any case, will 
be fundamentally arbitrary (this is a weberian inferno). 

If the AAA leans for labor solidarity of any ethico-ideological sorts and 
seeking any pragmatic effects, then we need to consider two issues: 
Firstly, how united hotel workers are. Consider that there are workers 
running the hotel. Why? What accounts for such lack of commitment among 
themselves in respecting their own simplest picket line?...

Secondly, we also need to see how fraternal hotel workers are towards us, 
or we may be naively patronizing their cause (and end up like Braveheart, 
abandoned in the battle): if hotel workers are willing to include in 
their list of reinvidications that the Hilton waives the US$ 1.2 million 
fine that we'd have to pay, then, for gods sake, we should be up for 

"Proletarians of the world, unite!"

Anthony D'Andrea

Anthony Albert Fischer D'Andrea
PhD Candidate, Dept. Anthropology, University of Chicago
Research Associate, Transnationalism Project
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