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Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises

by Leon Fink, Joseph A McCartin and Joan Sangster University of Illinois Press
Pub Date:
01/2014
ISBN:
9780252038174
Format:
Hbk 320 pages
Price:
AU$109.00 NZ$114.78
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
Seeking to historicize today's ''Great Recession," this volume of essays uses examples from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to situate the current economic crisis and its impact on workers in the context of previous abrupt shifts in the modern-day capitalist marketplace. Contributors argue that factors such as race, sex, and state intervention have mediated both the effect of economic depressions on workers' lives and workers' responses to those depressions. Further, the direction of influence between politics and economic upheaval, as well as between workers and the welfare state, has often shifted with time, location, and circumstance. These principles inform a concluding examination of today's "Great Recession": its historical distinctiveness, its connection to neoliberalism, and its attendant expressions of worker status and agency around the world. Ultimately, the essays in this volume push us toward a rethinking of the relationship between capital and labor, the waged and unwaged, and the employed and jobless.

Contributors are Sven Beckert, Sean Cadigan, Leon Fink, Alvin Finkel, Wendy Goldman, Gaetan Heroux, Joseph A. McCartin, David Montgomery, Edward Montgomery, Melanie Nolan, Bryan D. Palmer, Scott Reynolds Nelson, Joan Sangster, Judith Stein, Hilary Wainright, and Lu Zhang.

Contributors Sven Beckert, Sean Cadigan, Leon Fink, Alvin Finkel, Wendy Goldman, Gaetan Heroux, Joseph A. McCartin, David Montgomery, Edward Montgomery, Melanie Nolan, Bryan D. Palmer, Scott Reynolds Nelson, Joan Sangster, Judith Stein, Hilary Wainright, and Lu Zhang.

''''Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises'' examines the history of economic depressions, recessions, and crises in North America, New Zealand, Australia, parts of Europe and Asia, and worker responses to them. At its core lie the issues of agency and structure, culture and conditioning. The well-written essays will appeal to those interested in past and present responses to economic troubles and ways out of the current global recession.''--Neville Kirk, author of ''Labour and the Politics of Empire: Britain and Australia 1900 to the Present''
Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author or editor of eight books, most recently Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to 2000 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), Upheaval in the Quiet Zone:1199SEIU and the Politics of Health Care Unionism, coauthored with Brian Greenberg (University of Illinois Press, 2nd ed. 2009), and (as editor) Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Joseph McCartin is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University, where he also directs the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. His books include Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Labor’s Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy
and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21 (University of North Carolina Press, 1997).

Joan Sangster is a professor of history at Trent University, Ontario. She is the author of four books, including Dreams of Equality: Women on the Canadian Left, 1920-60 (Toronto, 1989),
Regulating Girls and Women: Sexuality, Family and in the Law, Ontario 1920-60 (Toronto, 2001), and Earning Respect: The Lives of Working Women in Small-Town Ontario, 1920-1960 (University of Toronto Press, 1995).