Description - Battling for American Labor by Howard Kimeldorf
In this incisive reinterpretation of the history of the American labor movemet, Howard Kimeldorf challenges received thinking about rank-and-file workers and the character of their unions. Battling for American Labor answers the baffling question of how, while mounting some of the most aggressive challenges to employing classes anywhere in the world, organized labour in the United States has warmly embraced the capitalist system ofwhich they are a part. Rejecting conventional understandings of American unionism, Kimeldorf argues that what has long been the hallmark of organized labor in the United States - its distinctive reliance on worker self-organization and direct economic action - can be seen as a particular kind of syndicalism.
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(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Howard Kimeldorf
Howard Kimeldorf is Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and author of Reds or Rackets? The Making of Radical and Conservative Unions on the Waterfront (California, 1988).