Shop Class As Soulcraft
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Paperback ISBN: 0143117467
A philosophical mechanic deconstructs pretentious beliefs about high-prestige workplaces while posing a case for working with one's hands, explaining how the act of making and fixing objects can connect people to their surrounding worlds. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Europe in Revolt
Paperback ISBN: 1608465934
The global recession has had political consequences across the world, but nowhere greater than in the periphery of Europe. In response, a massive wave of resistance erupted across the continent.Europe in Revolt is a gripping and authoritative account of the uprisings against extreme austerity. The book examines the key parties and figures behind this insurgency, with insider coverage of both the roots of the social crisis and the radicals seeking to reverse it. Catarina Príncipe is a social movement activist from Portugal, and a contributing editor atJacobin magazine. Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine.
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.
An American Story
Hardcover ISBN: 1501102230
The author spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation's oldest operating General Motor's assembly plant shut down in the middle of the Great Recession and follows the town as it attempts to pick itself up.
The Man Who Never Died
The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon
Hardcover ISBN: 1596916966
Draws on four years of intensive research to present a full-scale portrait of the legendary American songwriter and union hero that offers new evidence supporting his innocence of the crime for which he was executed. By the author of Land of Opportunity. 25,000 first printing.
More Than Meets The Ear
How Symphony Musicians Made Labor History
Paperback ISBN: 0929636430
More Than Meets the Ear is the story of a grassroots movement that transformed labor relations and the professional lives of U.S. and Canadian symphony musicians. The struggles and accomplishments experienced by many visionary leaders of the '50s, '60s, and '70s offer inspiration to new generations of musicians, students, teachers, music lovers, labor historians, and orchestra administrators. Written from the perspective of a professional orchestra musician who has experience in committee activity and labor negotiations, More Than Meets the Ear is a unprecedented overview of the profound effect the musician's labor movement has had on the profession. Minnesota Orchestra case history documents the growth of a major American orchestra in dramatic detail and anecdotes.
The End of Loyalty
The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
Hardcover ISBN: 1586489143
Tracing the history of the social contract between companies and their employees, and showing how it has been ripped apart, a senior advisor at the Drucker Institute discusses four iconic American companies over 70 years, bringing to light the many acts that have comprised a kind of biography of the American Dream gone sideways. 20,000 first printing.
The Death and Life of American Labor
Toward a New Worker's Movement
Hardcover ISBN: 1781681384
Argues that the labor movement as it has been known for most of the last one hundred years is effectively dead, and analyzes the possibilities of labor's renewal by looking at new initiatives, strikes, organizations, and allies.