Boklansering og debatt

Book Launch and debate


Jobless Growth in the Dominican Republic

Thursday 2. June 2022, 17:00 until 18:00

Venue: Kverneland

Host: Sosialantropologisk Institutt, UiO

Entrance: The book launch is free and open to the public with no prior registration

The event wil also be streamed live on YouTube

Celebrating the publication of Professor Christian Krohn-Hansen’s book Jobless Growth in the Dominican Republic: Disorganization, Precarity, and Livelihoods (Stanford University Press, 2022).

This book employs thick ethnography in the Dominican Republic to explore the more general challenges that the phenomena of jobless growth and «no wage labour futures» raise for political-economic analysis.

All are welcome to join for a panel event with

Susana Narotzky, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona

Elisabeth Schober, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Chair: Rune Flikke, Head of Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo


The book launch will be followed by refreshments.


Professor Christian Krohn-Hansen has done fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Colombia, and his research interests are centered upon understanding forms of power and violence, contemporary political and economic life, resource politics, processes of migration, commerce and labour, forms of masculinity, and history.


About the book

The Dominican Republic has posted impressive economic growth rates over the past thirty years. Despite this, the generation of new, good jobs has been remarkably weak. How have ordinary and poor Dominicans worked and lived in the shadow of the country’s conspicuous growth rates? This book considers this question through an ethnographic exploration of the popular economy in the Dominican capital. Focusing on the city’s precarious small businesses, including furniture manufacturers, food stalls, street-corner stores, and savings and credit cooperatives, Krohn-Hansen shows how people make a living, tackle market shifts, and the factors that characterize their relationship to the state and pervasive corruption.


Empirically grounded, this book examines the condition of the urban masses in Santo Domingo, offering an original and captivating contribution to the scholarship on popular economic practices, urban changes, and today’s Latin America and the Caribbean.


This book is published by Stanford University Press and can be purchased here