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Working the Fabric: Resourcefulness, Belonging and Island Life in Scotland’s Harris Tweed Industry

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Working the Fabric

Resourcefulness, Belonging and Island Life in Scotland’s Harris Tweed Industry

Joana Nascimento

236 pages, 25 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-882-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (April 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80073-883-6 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This book is a beautifully-crafted ethnography of the multiple and complex meanings of weaving among those involved in the Harris Tweed industry. The book takes the central concept of 'work' but expands it through both ethnography and theory.” • Magnus Course, University of Edinburgh

“This is an excellent book … It is a smart and refreshing contribution to the anthropology of work and labour, showing the importance of place and place-making in the production of a global commodity. I wish more academic books were written in the same jargon-free and engaging style.” • Rebecca Prentice, University of Sussex


Trademark-protected since 1910, the famous woollen cloth known as Harris Tweed can only be produced in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland – yet it is exported to over 50 countries around the world. Examining contemporary experiences of work and life, this book is the first in-depth anthropological study of the renowned textile industry, complementing and updating existing historical and ethnographic research. Drawing on one year of ethnographic fieldwork research in the Outer Hebrides, it offers an intimate account of industry workers’ lived experiences and contributes to anthropological debates on work and labour, cultural production, inclusive belonging and place-making in global capitalism.

Joana Nascimento is based at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches and supervises postgraduate students in the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.Her research explores the social, cultural and political-economic complexities of contemporary work and livelihood strategies.

Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyCultural Studies (General)
Area: Northern Europe


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