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In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization in the United States
In Solidarity
Essays on Working-Class Organization in the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 1608463265
"In this thorough collection of inspiring and informed essays, Kim Moody, one of the world's most authoritative and recognized labor writers, analyzes the past, present, and future of unions in the United States. With a sharp understanding of Marxist theory and labor history, Moody charts a well-reasoned course for the future of rank-and-file struggle.Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes and is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a senior research fellow at the Work and Employment Unit ofthe University of Hertfordshire. "--
Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream
Bread and Roses
Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0143037358
An account of the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, draws on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories to identify the strike's key figures and events, from the walkout of 23,000 workers to the evacuations of their children to Manhattan. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
No Logo
Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
Paperback      ISBN: 0312271921
A free-wheeling analysis and exploration of the invasion of our personal lives by logo-wielding power-hungry corporations combines muckraking journalism with contemporary memoir to discuss current consumer culture and the dark side of the information age. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organises Empathy
The Psychopath Factory
How Capitalism Organises Empathy
Paperback      ISBN: 1910924407
The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters who don’t blink or flinch in the face of danger nor crack under pressure. In other cases, capitalism requires empathy in spades –charming, friendly, sensitive and listening managers, customer service agents and careers. When workers are required to either ignore their empathy to-do a job, or dial it up to increase productivity, they are entering a psychopathic modality. The affective blitz of work, flickering screens, emotive content, vibrating alerts and sounding alarms erode our sensitivities whilst we are modulated with attention stimulants, social lubricants and so called anti-anxiety drugs. This is amidst a virulent and exacerbating climate of competition and frenzied quantification. Capitalism pressures us to feign empathy and leverage social relationships on one hand, whilst being cold and pragmatic on the other. We are passionate and enthusiastic whilst keeping a professional distance. Sympathy, care, compassion and altruism are important; The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy argues that itis a mistake to presuppose that empathy can achieve these. Rather than being subject to the late capitalist organization of our empathy, psychopathy could be a means of escape.
Recent History of the Labor Movement in the United States, 1939-1965
Recent History of the Labor Movement in the United States, 1939-1965
Hardcover      ISBN: 0828515824
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
Saving Capitalism
For the Many, Not the Few
Paperback      ISBN: 0345806220
From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the “free market
Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
Working in the Shadows
A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
Paperback      ISBN: 1568586388
An award-winning young investigative journalist goes undercover, living the life of an undocumented immigrant.
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life
Supercapitalism
The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0307277992
The best-selling author of Locked in the Cabinet and The Work of Nations furnishes an in-depth analysis of the clash between capitalism and democracy to create a system that has enlarged the economic pie while making democracy less effective, detailing inequities of income and wealth, job insecurity, and the escalating effects of global warming. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Gig
Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Paperback      ISBN: 0609807072
A diverse group of 120 people talk about their lives and work in the "new economy," describing a wide variety of careers from the conventional to the bizarre, from a personal injury trial lawyer, nurse, and journalist to an adult web mistress, crime scene cleaner, and telephone psychic. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
Triangle
The Fire That Changed America
Paperback      ISBN: 080214151x
Describes the devastating 1911 fire that destroyed the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village, the deaths of 146 workers in the fire, the Jewish and Italian immigrants, mostly women, who made up the majority of the victims, and the implications of the catastrophe on twentieth-century politics and labor relations. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 65,000 first printing.