Hard Work Remaking the American Labor Movement

ISBN-10: 0520240901
ISBN-13: 9780520240902
Edition: 2004
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Description: This concise overview of the labor movement in the United States focuses on why American workers have failed to develop the powerful unions that exist in other industrialized countries. Packed with valuable analysis and information,Hard Workexplores  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This concise overview of the labor movement in the United States focuses on why American workers have failed to develop the powerful unions that exist in other industrialized countries. Packed with valuable analysis and information,Hard Workexplores historical perspectives, examines social and political policies, and brings us inside today's unions, providing an excellent introduction to labor in America. Hard Workbegins with a comparison of the very different conditions that prevail for labor in the United States and in Europe. What emerges is a picture of an American labor movement forced to operate on terrain shaped by powerful corporations, a weak state, and an inhospitable judicial system. What also emerges is a picture of an American worker that has virtually disappeared from the American social imagination. Recently, however, the authors find that a new kind of unionism--one that more closely resembles a social movement--has begun to develop from the shell of the old labor movement. Looking at the cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas they point to new practices that are being developed by innovative unions to fight corporate domination, practices that may well signal a revival of unionism and the emergence of a new social imagination in the United States.

Kim Vossis Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is coauthor, with Rick Fantasia, ofHard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement(UC Press), coauthor ofInequality by Design, and author ofThe Making of American Exceptionalism.Irene Bloemraadis Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author ofBecoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada(UC Press).

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Preface
Why Labor Matters: The Underside of the "American Model"
An Exceptionally Hostile Terrain
Bureaucrats, "Strongmen," Militants, and Intellectuals
Practices and Possibilities of a Social Movement Unionism
Two Futures
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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