Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement

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University of California Press, 2004 - History - 244 pages
4 Reviews
"Timely and smart, this book should be read by everyone interested in a possible revival of the American labor movement. The working week has gotten longer, more workers hold multiple jobs, gaps between the pay of workers and of CEOs have widened, and employers and their allies in government have attacked both unions and regulations to promote occupational health and safety. Fantasia and Voss demonstrate not only this bad news, but that new thinking and creative responses have made some headway too."--Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council

"Fantasia and Voss make an important and persuasive argument for how and why U.S. employment and labor policies set the standard for pushing down wages, labor rights, and working conditions throughout the world. They put forward an enormous challenge to the U.S. labor movement, but one that needs to be met, not just for workers and unions in the U.S., but for their labor and community allies around the globe."--Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research, Cornell University

"Fantasia and Voss's long-awaited book offers a fresh and provocative perspective on the possibilities and limits of labor union revitalization in the U.S. They persuasively argue that the ascent of neoliberalism is both cause and consequence of organized labor's decline, and contribute as well to the long-standing debate over American exceptionalism in the context of the new century. Hard Work is an exceptionally thoughtful overview of labor's historical development and current dilemmas."--Ruth Milkman, Director, UC Institute for Labor and Employment

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User Review  - Kyle Warner - Goodreads

I think this book was a pretty good brief history of the American labor movement. A good introduction but that is not why I purchased it. Based on the title I was expecting something more along the lines of a prescription for REMAKING THE AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT. Read full review

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User Review  - Micah - Goodreads

Damn. This book is an incredibly succinct introduction to the American labor movement and everything that ails it. (And, occasionally, everything there is to be hopeful about it.) It basically covers ... Read full review


The Underside of the American Model
2 An Exceptionally Hostile Terrain
3 Bureaucrats Strongmen Militants and Intellectuals
4 Practices and Possibilities of a Social Movement Unionism
5 Two Futures
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Rick Fantasia, Professor of Sociology at Smith College, is author of Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action, and Contemporary American Workers (California, 1988). Kim Voss, Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century (1993) and coauthor of Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996).

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