Can the subaltern write? – A photo study of elegies on commercial van sunshields

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Company property is defaced and its function altered, we might say re-appropriated (Marx, 1868).

We would like to thank SOASS for their funding support of this study into the expression of largely cis-male gendered post-colonial subjects employed in the retail delivery sector. This is the third part in a series of explorations (AngryWorkers, 2019). [1] We introduce the notion of ‘scribbles’ as expressions of the subaltern, which anthropologists before us have detected on cave walls, public latrines and betting forms. The intimacy of a van cabin, juxtaposed by the panopticon of the dash-board camera forces the subaltern into reflexive and quasi instinctive ‘scribbles’ (AngryWorkers, 2020).

[1]

https://angryworkersworld.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/serve-the-people-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-supermarket-delivery-driver/

https://angryworkersworld.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/a-prol-kult-bricolage/

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Our initial findings demonstrate that many ‘scribbles’ express views of a moral economy (Thompson, 1973) and a touching masculine vulnerability… 

2complaint0…with a tendency towards crudeness.

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The subjects engage in knowledge sharing of the local market rate, superceding their initial emotionality.

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A few subjects make subversive use of corporate information requiring extensive grammatical structures.

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True dialoges start to emerge.

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Expanding into multiple conversations.

4strike?The undercurrent and informal form of communication raises the issue of agency!

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Here the subaltern leave the realm of pure economics behind and penetrate the world of culture!

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…navigating its divisive complexity.

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A recurring theme of the disempowered is the multilayered emotional response towards authority and superiority.

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Particular individuals are singled out and revenge and advertisement are pooled into a common knowledge of ‘shame’.

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Reiteration and overdetermining reenforcement is one characteristic of subaltern ‘scribbles’ (AngryWorkers, 2020).

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Another example, this time gendered.

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And using phalic symbolism in addition to descriptive ascriptions.  

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The increasing size of the ‘scribbles’ of the respective managerial superior’s name indicates urgency and a subtext (e.g. “in case you daft cunt still not getting it”).

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Here the subaltern draws as parallel between ‘scribbles’ and outcome, providing both information and sense of satisfaction.

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The subject intelligently inverts meaning, creating a paradox.

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The authorities react to the sub-textual class war by ordering censorship.

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But the subaltern have the last word, distilling phrases to essential meaning.

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