Kathryn Dudley’s research focuses on embodied knowledge and social trauma under regimes of labor that are marginalized by transformations in global capitalism. Her books The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America and Debt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America’s Heartland are community studies, respectively, of deindustrialization and the demise of family farm agriculture. Her documentary film Black Land Loss examines African American farmers’ class action lawsuit against the USDA. Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America chronicles the rise of a countercultural lutherie movement in the United States and Canada. Her current work tracks the affects, materialities, and temporalities that subtend the postindustrial imaginary. Among other honors, Dudley received the Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for writing that reaches broadly concerned publics.
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