America s Working Man

Author: David Halle
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022622936X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Over a period of six years, at factory and warehouse, at the tavern across the road, in their homes and union meetings, on fishing trips and social outings, David Halle talked and listened to workers of an automated chemical plant in New Jersey's industrial heartland. He has emerged with an unusually comprehensive and convincingly realistic picture of blue-collar life in America. Throughout the book, Halle illustrates his analysis with excerpts of workers' views on everything from strikes, class consciousness, politics, job security, and toxic chemicals to marriage, betting on horses, God, home-ownership, drinking, adultery, the Super Bowl, and life after death. Halle challenges the stereotypes of the blue-collar mentality and argues that to understand American class consciousness we must shift our focus from the "working class" to be the "working man."

Work in America N Z

Author: Carl E. Van Horn
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576076768
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Alphabetically arranged entries cover such work issues as health insurance, immigration, sweatshops, drug testing, affirmative action, and the effects of globalization and information technology on work processes.

Working with Class

Author: Daniel J. Walkowitz
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9780807847589
Format: PDF
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Polls tell us that most Americans_whether they earn $20,000 or $200,000 a year_think of themselves as middle class. As this phenomenon suggests, "middle class" is a category whose definition is not necessarily self-evident. In this book, historian Daniel

America Becomes Urban

Author: Eric H. Monkkonen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520061910
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Looks at how U.S. cities have changed since colonial times and discusses housing, finance, social mobility, crime, transportation, and growth

Our Daily Bread

Author: Geoff Mann
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469606704
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A wage is more than a simple fee in exchange for labor, argues Geoff Mann. Beyond being a quantitative reflection of productivity or bargaining power, a wage is a political arena in which working people's identity, culture, and politics are negotiated and developed. In Our Daily Bread, Mann examines struggles over wages to reveal ways in which the wage becomes a critical component in the making of social hierarchies of race, gender, and citizenship. Combining a fresh analysis of radical political economy with a critical assessment of the role of white men in North American labor politics, Mann addresses the issue of class politics and places the problem of "interests" squarely at the center of political economy. Rejecting the idea that interests are self-evident or unproblematic, Mann argues that workers' interests, and thus wage politics, are the product of the ongoing effort by wage workers to focus on quality in a socioeconomic system that relentlessly quantifies. Taking three wage disputes in the natural resources industry as his case studies, Mann demonstrates that wage negotiation is not simply emblematic of economic conflict over the distribution of income but also represents critical contests in the cultural politics of identity under capitalism.