Category: Class

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 | May 26, 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) | May 26, 2016 | 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

May 26, 2016 | 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 | May 26, 2016 | 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) | May 26, 2016 | 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 | May 26, 2016 | 164 pages
Publisher Fact Sheet A noted feminist's previously unpublished personal reflections on race & class.  More Info

Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

University of Minnesota Press | July 1, 2013 | 312 pages
Critics on the left and the right typically agree that globalization, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the expansion of the service sector has led to income inequality and rising numbers of low-paying jobs with poor working conditions. In Degraded Work, Marc Doussard demonstrates that this... More Info

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

September 2, 2013 | 250 pages
Cheating Lessons is a guide to tackling academic dishonesty at its roots. James Lang analyzes the features of course design and classroom practice that create cheating opportunities, and empowers teachers to build more effective learning environments. Instructors who curb academic dishonesty become... More Info

Shop Class As Soulcraft

Penguin (Non-Classics) | April 27, 2010 | 246 pages
A philosopher and mechanic extolls the virtues of manual labor, describing how the satisfactions and challenges of creating with one's own hands promotes a sense of connection to life that office work suppresses.  More Info

Love the Questions

Arbeiter Ring Publishing | December 15, 2009 | 176 pages
What are universities good for? This question has generated intense debate, particularly since the culture wars and Allan Bloom'sThe Closing of the American Mind. Where radicals once critiqued universities' elitism, that argument has recently been turned on is head: many academic administrators and... More Info

Beyond Walls and Cages

October 1, 2012 | 168 pages
The crisis of borders and prisons can be seen starkly in statistics. In 2011 some 1,500 migrants died trying to enter Europe, and the United States deported nearly 400,000 and imprisoned some 2.3 million people—more than at any other time in history. International borders are increasingly... More Info

Justice for young offenders

Purich Pub | April 1, 2006 | 222 pages
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Scattered Sand

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 320 pages
Documents the massive annual migration of 200 million unorganized Chinese workers who comprise half of China's GDP, arguing that they represent the country's most marginalized and impoverished group while citing the brutal conditions they endure, from illness and broken families to documented labor... More Info


May 26, 2016 | 180 pages
With the tumultuous thirty-day strikeof 1931 by miners in Bienfait, Saskatchewan as his focus, Stephen Endiciott explores the social consequences of capitalist restructuring during the Great Depression.  More Info

The New Geography of Jobs

Mariner Books | March 19, 2013 | 294 pages
Makes correlations between success and geography, explaining how such rising centers of innovation as San Francisco and Austin are likely to offer influential opportunities and shape the national and global economies.  More Info

Down the Up Escalator

Random House Digital, Inc. | April 2, 2013 | 288 pages
"An intimate look at the lives of Americans who have been affected, in very different ways, by the 2008 Recession"--  More Info

Wal-Mart Wars

March 25, 2013 | 256 pages
Wal-Mart is America’s largest retailer. The national chain of stores is a powerful stand-in of both the promise and perils of free market capitalism. Yet it is also often the target of public outcry for its labor practices, to say nothing of class-action lawsuits, and a central symbol in... More Info

The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies

New Internationalist | May 26, 2016 | 144 pages
Upper, middle, or lower? Which class are you? Hierarchies and rankings have been with us since the earliest times and, as Seabrook argues, they show no sign of disappearing yet. Those at the top would have too much to lose. This No-Nonsense Guidegives the full picture of how class analysis emerged... More Info

Writing Unemployment

April 17, 2013 | 280 pages
This landmark study explores the cultural and literary history of unemployment in Canada from the 1920s to the 1970s, which were crucial decades in the formation of our current conception of Canada as a nation. Writing Unemploymentasks how writers with diverse political affiliations participated in... More Info

Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth

May 26, 2016 | 288 pages
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Labouring Canada

February 7, 2008 | 471 pages
This text is a collection of classic and contemporary articles exploring the nature of work in Canadian history from the late eighteenth century to the current day. Class relations and labour form the core of the volume, but attention will also be paid to the state and its relations withworkers... More Info

River of Dark Dreams

Belknap Press | February 26, 2013 | 560 pages
When Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Territory, he envisioned an “empire for liberty” populated by self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of Native Americans and the remnants of European empires by Andrew Jackson, the Mississippi Valley was transformed instead into a booming capitalist economy... More Info

The Canadian War on Queers

University of British Columbia Press | July 1, 2010 | 554 pages
From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in Canada, employing social ideologies and other practices to construct their targets as threats to society and enemies of the state. Based on official security documents and interviews with... More Info

Oil, Wheat, & Wobblies

September 18, 2012 | 316 pages
The Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, a radical labor union, played an important role in Oklahoma between the founding of the union in 1905 and its demise in 1930. In Oil, Wheat, & Wobblies, Nigel Anthony Sellars describes IWW efforts to organize migratory harvest hands and... More Info