The Anthropology Professor in an Amazon Warehouse

Orin Starn in Amazon warehouse.

MY FIRST DAY OF work in an Amazon warehouse I was nervous.

I was beginning undercover anthropology fieldwork—and worried about being found out. Plus, I’d read horror stories about soul-crushing work demands inside the company’s giant facilities.

I’m a longtime Amazon shopper. But I’ve also felt guilt about patronizing a company accused of putting local bookstores out of business, underpaying its taxes, and treating workers badly. A coalition of anti-Amazon groups called Athena wants us to kick the habit. Was I bad for using?  Read more.