Category: Class


The Presumption of Guilt

Palgrave Macmillan | June 22, 2010 | 256 pages
"Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, was mistakenly arrested by Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley for attempting to break into his own home. The ensuing media firestorm ignited debate across the country. The... More Info

Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime

Rowman & Littlefield | August 19, 2019 |

Winnipeg 1919

Lorimer | March 6, 2019 | 312 pages
On May 15, 1919 workers from across Winnipeg, ranging from metal workers to telephone operators, united to spark the largest worker revolt in Canadian history. Even the Winnipeg police voted to join the strike, although they remained on duty at the request of the strike committee in order to... More Info

1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike

February 8, 2019 | 120 pages
After suffering the hardships and horrors of the First World War, workers and soldiers faced the agony of the post-war Canadian economy. With rising inflation, unprecedented unemployment, and an increasingly repressive state, the atmosphere was ripe for revolt. The Russian Czar had been overthrown... More Info


UTP Insights | April 3, 2017 | 256 pages
Gentrifier demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy, and more.  More Info

The South Side

Picador | April 4, 2017 | 272 pages
Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar... More Info


Farrar, Straus and Giroux | April 18, 2017 | 304 pages
A five-hundred-year story of exclusion and containment, from the first Jewish ghetto to the present On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in a closed quarter, il geto—named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck, and soon... More Info

Abolition Democracy

August 19, 2019 | 136 pages
Revelations about US policies and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines ever since the breaking of the Abu Graib prison story in April 2004. It is within this context that African-American intellectual Angela Davis gave a series of interviews to discuss resistance and law,... More Info


Broadway Books | February 28, 2017 | 418 pages

Planet of Slums

January 17, 2017 | 228 pages
New edition of the classic, bestselling (100,000+ copies) worldwide survey of slums by the world's leading urbanist According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of... More Info

Hard Sell

Cornell University Press | August 3, 2016 | 240 pages
In Hard Sell, Peter Ikeler traces the low-wage, largely nonunion character of U.S. retail through the history and ultimate failure of twentieth-century retail unionism.  More Info

Migrant Workers and the City

September 1, 2016 | 300 pages
Fascinating a must-read for academics, students and a general public interested in the situation of rural migrants in China. - Raul Delgado Wise Today China has the second largest economy in the world. The largest human migration in history has fueled this rapid growth as people move from the... More Info

A Seventh Man

Verso Books | August 19, 2019 | 240 pages
A classic study of migrant workers includes stunning black-and-white photos that bring the plight of this often-overlooked group to light. By the author of Ways of Seeing. Reissue.  More Info

Freedom Is an Endless Meeting

University of Chicago Press | May 1, 2004 | 295 pages
Freedom Is an Endless Meeting offers vivid portraits of American experiments in participatory democracy throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on meticulous research and more than one hundred interviews with activists, Francesca Polletta challenges the conventional wisdom that participatory... More Info


Between The Lines | January 1, 2001 | 207 pages
The special language of poor-bashing disguises the real causes of poverty, hurts and excludes people who are poor, cheapens the labour of people who have jobs, and takes the pressure off the rich. Swanson, a twenty-five year veteran of anti-poverty work, exposes the ideology of poor-bashing in a... More Info

Raising the Global Floor

Stanford University Press | August 19, 2019 | 240 pages
Working conditions impact our health, the amount of time we can spend with family, our options during momentous life events, and whether we keep or lose a job when the unexpected occurs. The global community has accepted the argument that any country that guarantees decent working conditions will... More Info

Negotiating So Everyone Wins

April 1, 2016 | 288 pages
Every day, people make deals that matter. But very few of us benefit from the public scrutiny and analysis that have helped Canada's leading negotiation experts hone their craft. Hockey team executives, cabinet ministers, bank presidents and labour leaders are constantly under the microscope, and... More Info

Poor Worker's Unions

December 8, 2015 | 300 pages
Illuminates key connections between the social justice movements of the last fifty years and today's most innovative labor organizing.  More Info

The Great Divide

April 19, 2016 | 448 pages
A singular voice of reason in an era defined by bitter politics and economic uncertainty, Joseph E. Stiglitz has time and again diagnosed America’s greatest economic challenges, from the Great Recession and its feeble recovery to the yawning gap between the rich and the poor. gathers his most... More Info

The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts

Scribner | April 5, 2016 | 256 pages
In Cold Blood meets Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family: A harrowing, profoundly personal investigation of the causes, effects, and communal toll of a deeply troubling crime—the brutal murder of three young children by their parents in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. On March 11, 2003,... More Info

The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press | March 1, 2016 | 144 pages
The programmes that make up the welfare state vary from nation to nation and from time to time, and the balance between markets and government, and free enterprise and social protection is perennially in question. In contemporary political debate the welfare state seems to be mostly viewed asa... More Info


Crown Publishing Group (NY) | March 1, 2016 | 432 pages
From Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on... More Info

The Precariat

Bloomsbury Academic | June 5, 2014 | 352 pages
Described by Noam Chomsky as 'a very important book', Guy Standing's The Precariat has achieved cult status as the first account of this emerging class of people, facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives. Guy Standing warns that the rapid growth... More Info


Dundurn Group | January 9, 2016 | 344 pages
The campaign to unionize Bell Canada's huge workforce of operators, most of them overworked and underpaid women, was a central event in Canad's labour history. Joan Roberts tells the story of how determined campaigners won a major victory for working women, and established new standards for... More Info

Poor Housing

October 1, 2015 | 216 pages
Across Canada, there is a severe shortage of decent quality housing that is affordable to those with low incomes, and much of the housing that is available is inadequate, even appalling. The poor condition of housing for those below the poverty line adds to the weight of the complex poverty they... More Info


Verso | May 2, 2012 | 320 pages
Bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain.  More Info

Education for Changing Unions

Between the Lines(CA) | January 1, 2002 | 277 pages
Education for Changing Unions presents a rich, stimulating, and provocative storehouse of practical and structured activities, ideas, and debate about union education. Written in a clear and accessible style, the authors have created a book to inspire working people and teachers in many settings... More Info


The New Press | August 19, 1974 | 589 pages
Men and women representing a variety of occupations, describe the daily routine of their jobs and express their grievances, aims, and dreams  More Info

Under the Affluence

September 15, 2015 | 300 pages
A scalding indictment of how the wealthy influence the national economy, politics, and media to disadvantage those already less fortunate  More Info

Persistent Poverty

Between the Lines(CA) | August 19, 2019 | 176 pages
"How Long, O Lord? How long before our politicians listen? Four poverty audits have taken place since 1986. But we still desperately lack affordable housing. More families still use food banks. Sole-support mothers still must plead for relief from mandatory school fees. People with mental illness... More Info

Undoing Privilege

Zed Books | September 15, 2010 | 256 pages
For every group that is oppressed, one or more other groups are privileged in relation to it. In Undoing Privilege, Bob Pease argues that privilege, as the other side of oppression, has been given insufficient attention in both critical theories and in the practices of social change. As a result,... More Info

Social Work with Rural Peoples (Third Edition)

New Star Books | July 20, 2006 | 128 pages
The gist of Collier’s genuinely radical book is that for the rural social worker to be effective, she must be able to identify with the struggles of the people she is trying to help — that trying to maintain “professional”, “objective” distance will merely ensure that the social worker... More Info

Death of the Liberal Class

Vintage Canada | August 30, 2011 | 256 pages
The liberal class plays a vital role in a democracy. It gives moral legitimacy to the state. It makes limited forms of dissent and incremental change possible. The liberal class posits itself as the conscience of the nation. It permits us, through its appeal to public virtues and the public good,... More Info

The Tea-garden Journal

August 19, 2019 | 108 pages
Based on the worker's union movement in the tea gardens of Bengal in mid-1930s.  More Info

Only One Thing Can Save Us

The New Press | November 20, 2014 | 272 pages
A labor lawyer and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist argues that, even as organized labor seems to be crumbling in the United States, a revived—but different—labor movement is now more relevant than ever in America's increasingly unequal society. 12,500 first printing.  More Info

The Death and Life of American Unions

Verso | October 7, 2014 | 224 pages
Union membership in the United States has fallen below 11 percent, the lowest rate since before the New Deal. Longtime scholar of the American union movement Stanley Aronowitz argues that the labor movement as we have known it for most of the last 100 years is effectively dead. And he asserts that... More Info

Home and Away

Greystone Books | August 23, 2010 | 176 pages
An uplifting tale of travelling with Team Canada as they compete for the Homeless World Cup. In 2008 Dave Bidini accompanies Homeless Team Canada to the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.  More Info

A Forgetful Nation

Duke University Press Books | July 18, 2005 | 232 pages
DIVIn A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is “a nation of immigrants,”... More Info

The Trouble with Brunch

Coach House | February 11, 2014 | 120 pages
What do your Eggs Benedict say about how notions of class have changed with the birth of the "creative class"?  More Info

Writing the Social

University of Toronto Press | January 1, 1999 | 307 pages
A collection of essays based on Smith's unique rebel sociology. Smith turns wit and common sense on the prevailing discourses of sociology, political economy, and popular culture to inquire directly into the actualities of peoples? lives.  More Info

Out There / In Here

Brunswick Books | August 19, 2019 | 168 pages
Moving between the spaces of the outside community and prison—"out there" and "in here"—this study explores the complicated connections between masculinity and violence in the lives of men incarcerated at a provincial prison. The discussion traces the men's lives and highlights their... More Info


October 1, 2013 | 256 pages
The issue of inequality has irrefutably returned to the fore, riding on the anger against Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis and the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the super–rich. The Occupy movement made the plight of the 99 percent an indelible part... More Info

Digital Diploma Mills

Between the Lines(CA) | August 19, 2019 | 116 pages
Many students in North America today study and take courses through computer delivered or "distance" education. Universities, colleges, and governments seem to believe that these kinds of education are problem free. They claim they offer a great solution to tighter budgets and larger numbers of... More Info

What Unions No Longer Do

February 10, 2014 | 262 pages
From wages to elections, labor unions once exerted tremendous clout in American life. Today, the only thing big about Big Labor is the scope of its problems. While many studies have explained the causes of this decline, What Unions No Longer Do shows the repercussions of labor's collapse,... More Info

So Rich, So Poor

September 3, 2013 | 208 pages
If America's gross national income of over $14 trillion were divided evenly between the entire US population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income level disparity in the US is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is... More Info

Public School Advantage

November 5, 2013 | 288 pages
Nearly the whole of America’s partisan politics centers on a single question: Can markets solve our social problems? And for years this question has played out ferociously in the debates about how we should educate our children. From the growth of vouchers and charter schools to the... More Info

Anarchism and Workers' Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain

A K PressDistribution | June 11, 2013 | 250 pages
An exposition of the logic, organization, and economics of workers' self-management during the Spanish Revolution.  More Info

Tapping Into The Wire

August 22, 2013 | 232 pages
Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between... More Info

Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press | October 21, 2004 | 109 pages
What do anarchists want? Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is anarchism more 'organized' and 'reasonable' than is currently perceived? Colin Ward explains what anarchism means and who anarchists are in this illuminating and accessible introduction to the subject.  More Info

Where We Stand

Routledge | August 19, 2019 | 164 pages
Publisher Fact Sheet A noted feminist's previously unpublished personal reflections on race & class.  More Info