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"One day I feel like I am on vacation for free, and the next I feel like I am being exploited as free labor." On bio-farms in Sicily, volunteers temporarily offer their labor in return for hospitality from permanent local hosts. The relation between hosts and volunteers is structured by obligation rather than capital. In this work I explore the function and formation of this obligation. My analysis focuses on the land/earth, work, and hospitality as three sites within which volunteers' and hosts' obligations are produced and contested. I then trace the limits and potentials of obligation-based exchange to sustain solidarity and non-capitalist collectivity.
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Johnson, Eva, "Controversies of Obligation: Biofarm Hosts, Volunteer Guests, and the Challenge of Reciprocal Exchange" (2020). Senior Projects Spring 2020. 147.
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