Category: Class

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
No summary available.

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


July 24, 2019 | 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 | July 24, 2019 | 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

July 24, 2019 | 288 pages
No summary available.

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

The Road Out

January 31, 2013 | 294 pages
"A wrenching, extraordinary tale. The Road Out is not a story of victims, but a story of passion and literacy. With abundant authority and vulnerability, Hicks uncovers unexpected insights and offers new ways to bring a love of reading along with some hope into the far corners of urban lives on the... More Info

Failed Evidence

NYU Press | September 3, 2012 | 260 pages
With the popularity of crime dramas like CSI focusing on forensic science, and increasing numbers of police and prosecutors making wide-spread use of DNA, high-tech science seems to have become the handmaiden of law enforcement. But this is a myth,asserts law professor and nationally known expert... More Info

The Immigrant Fight

December 1, 2012 | 152 pages
One of the central issues nations share in our globalized world is a drastic reshaping of populations brought about by massive labor migrations. With this has come another globally pervasive issue: immigrant abuse. From Asian workers abused in the oil-rich Gulf states, Latinos trafficked at the... More Info

Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)

Verso | November 20, 2012 | 332 pages
How one militant union organizer fought the bosses—and national labor leaders. In 1995, in the first contested election in the history of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney won the presidency of the nation’s largest labor federation, promising renewal and resurgence. Today, less than 7 percent of... More Info

Harnessing Labour Confrontation

July 24, 2019 | 258 pages
McInnis examines the reformation of Canadian society and its industrial relations regime from the perspective of labour organizations and their supporters and from that of government and business.  More Info


Penguin | June 1, 2001 | 326 pages
A cultural history of walking explores the ancient practice, from ancient Greece to the present, delving into Wordsworth, Gary Snyder, Rousseau, Jane Austen, and other cultural and literary icons to show how this basic activity has been imagined throughout history. 17,500 first printing.  More Info

Learning to Labor

July 24, 1977 | 226 pages
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The Politics of Inequality

January 20, 2012 | 251 pages
Since the early days of the American republic, political thinkers have maintained that a grossly unequal division of property, wealth, and power would lead to the erosion of democratic life. Yet over the past thirty-five years, neoconservatives and neoliberals alike have redrawn the tenets of... More Info

Come Hell or high water

Basic Civitas Books | July 24, 2019 | 258 pages
A searing assessment of the meaning of Hurricane Katrina combines interviews with survivors of the disaster and the author's knowledge of black migrations and government policy over decades, and explores the legacy of black suffering in America since slavery. 75,000 first printing.  More Info

No Citizen Left Behind

Harvard Univ Pr | April 23, 2012 | 360 pages
While teaching at an all-Black middle school in Atlanta, Meira Levinson realized that students' individual self-improvement would not necessarily enable them to overcome their profound marginalization within American society. This is because of a civic empowerment gap that is as shameful and... More Info

Rules for Radicals

Vintage | October 23, 1989 | 224 pages
Guides young revolutionaries in the art of human communication and explains the tactics of organizing others to work within the system for social change  More Info

Convicting the Innocent

Harvard University Press | September 3, 2012 | 376 pages
This probing analysis of three of Giotto’s major works and the patrons who commissioned them goes beyond the clichés of Giotto as the founding figure of western painting. It traces the interactions between Franciscan friars and powerful bankers and illuminates the complex interactions between... More Info

Borderline Justice

Pluto Press | October 30, 2012 | 225 pages
From pre-arrival to detention and deportation, Borderline Justice describes the exclusionary policies, inhumane decisions, and obstacles to justice for refugees and migrants in the current legal system.Frances Webber, a legal practitioner with over 30 years experience, provides a unique insight... More Info

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

Pluto Press (UK) | December 15, 2011 | 240 pages
In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neo-liberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges, and presents practical... More Info

The Lure of the City

Pluto Pr | November 15, 2011 | 224 pages
Cities, by their very nature, are a mass of contradictions. They can be at once visually stunning, culturally rich, exploitative, and unforgiving. In The Lure of the City, Austin Williams and Alastair Donald explore the potential of cities to meet the economic, social, and political challenges of... More Info

Assembling women

Ilr Pr | July 24, 2019 | 208 pages
Despite the massive influx of women into the labor force as a result of globalization, the gender inqualities at work have remained largely unchanged. This book addresses two related questions: What has prompted the feminization of manufacturing work in d  More Info


November 1, 2011 | 280 pages
Stories of the missing offer profound insights into the tension between how political systems see us and how we see each other. In Missing, Jenny Edkins highlights stories from a range of circumstances that shed light on this critical tension.  More Info

A new new deal

Ilr Pr | October 1, 2009 | 275 pages
A Century Foundation Book In A New New Deal, the labor movement leaders Amy B. Dean and David B. Reynolds offer a bold new plan to revitalize American labor activism and build a sense of common purpose between labor and community organizations. Dean and Reynolds demonstrate how alliances organized... More Info

The Paradox of American Unionism

Ilr Press | July 24, 2019 | 226 pages
Why have Americans, who by a clear majority approve of unions, been joining them in smaller numbers than ever before? This book answers that question by comparing the American experience with that of Canada, where approval for unions is significantly...  More Info


State Univ of New York Pr | November 6, 2008 | 254 pages
Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable. Frequently discouraged from attending college in the first place,... More Info

No University Is an Island

New York Univ Pr | October 1, 2011 | 289 pages
Hebrew has survived as a continuously written literature for nearly 3,000 years. It is the oldest, and in some ways most successful, minority literature. While Hebrew is central to the social history of the Jews, its history also offers a panoramic window into the relationships of other minority... More Info

Street kids

New York Univ Pr | May 9, 2011 | 247 pages
Street outreach workers comb public places such as parks, vacant lots, and abandoned waterfronts to search for young people who are living out in public spaces, if not always in the public eye. Street Kids opens a window to the largely hidden world of street youth, drawing on their detailed and... More Info

Migrants and Migration in Modern North America

Duke University Press Books | September 5, 2011 | 456 pages
This collection of twenty essays provides an integrated view of migration in North America--within and between Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States--during the past two centuries.  More Info

Labor and monopoly capital

Monthly Review Pr | January 1, 1998 | 338 pages
This widely acclaimed book, first published in 1974, was a classic from its first day in print.  More Info

Labourers on the Rideau Canal, 1826-1832

Borealis | April 1, 2008 | 135 pages
No summary available.

Out of the Blue

May 5, 2012 | 264 pages
Jan Wong wrote a story that sparked a violent backlash, including death threats. For the first time in her life she spiraled into clinical depression. Her newspaper accused her of feigning illness and fired her; her insurer rejected her claim of depression; and her publisher refused to publish this... More Info

Pensions under attack

James Lorimer & Company | March 1, 2001 | 284 pages
Will privatizing public pension plans spell disaster for the elderly, or is it a bold idea for coping with rising costs? Major changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) were made in 1998. Most likely on future agendas will be the abolition of the CPP and its replacement with a system of mandatory... More Info

The Guy in the Green Truck

Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd. | February 19, 2010 | 176 pages
Spotlighting one man's choice to abandon security for chance, this biographical memoir relates the inspiring story of John St. Amand, who left a promising career as a sociologist?along with handsome health and retirement benefits?to take on the turbulent life of a union organizer.  More Info

Family Violence

Lorimer | October 11, 2011 | 286 pages
Foreword Chapter I Understanding Family Violence from a Societal PerspectiveFamily: Haven or Nightmare Applying a Social Perspective The Violence of Society The Study of the Family and Violence Definitions and Me  More Info

Campus Confidential

James Lorimer & Company | March 7, 2011 | 248 pages
A look at what's really happening inside Canada's universities.  More Info

Universities at risk

James Lorimer & Co | October 15, 2008 | 416 pages
Is the integrity of Canadian universities being threatened by big business and a results driven environment?  More Info

Making Ei Work

Queens Univ School of Policy | January 30, 2013 | 400 pages
Since the inception and design of Canada's Employment Insurance (EI) program, the Canadian economy and labour market have undergone dramatic changes. It is clear that EI has not kept pace with those changes, and experts and advocates agree that the program is no longer effective or equitable.... More Info