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SILVA, Cristiane A. Fernandes da. Workers' tactics of self-defense: manufacturing control of production, body and values. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.2, pp. 295-310. ISSN 1516-3717.

The relations established by the workers and the ways in which they build the everyday factory reveal self-defense tactics, both with regard to his body as to their cultural values. Analyze these tactics, showing some concrete ways of its realization, is the focal objective of this article. The approach employed here is qualitative, particularly through social network method, being the individual interviews and semi-directive the main technique used to collect the interpretations of workers from metallurgical in ABC, metropolitan region of São Paulo. The analysis is formed both by the reported thinks from subject of search interviewed, as by authors from different areas of knowledge, printing, therefore, a multidisciplinary approach. The survey results reveal the control of production, by worker, from the rhythm of his body, its elaboration of strategy against the intensification of work, the existence of conflicts between their bodily limits and his cultural values and the introduction of personal brands in construction of mass objects. From these results, it is concluded that the worker does not behave passive and mechanical in his work, but he demonstrates an active behave of subject intervening in his everyday lives in the factory, even if more restricted to intimate instances, therefore, acting artfully.

Keywords : Labor; Worker; Subject; Values; Body.

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