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Commuter Spouses

by Danielle Lindemann ILR Press (March 15, 2019)

What can we learn from looking at married partners who live apart? In Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World, Danielle Lindemann explores how couples cope when they live apart to meet the demands...


We'll Call You If We Need You

by Susan Eisenberg ILR Press (May 15, 2018)

Susan Eisenberg began her apprenticeship with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1978, the year president Jimmy Carter set goals and timetables for the hiring of women on federally...


Labor in Israel

by Jonathan Preminger ILR Press (April 15, 2018)

Using a comprehensive analysis of the wave of organizing that swept the country starting in 2007, Labor in Israel investigates the changing political status of organized labor in the context of changes to Israel’s...


Undoing Work, Rethinking Community

by James A. Chamberlain ILR Press (February 15, 2018)

This revolutionary book presents a new conception of community and the struggle against capitalism. In Undoing Work, Rethinking Community, James A. Chamberlain argues that paid work and the civic duty to perform...


Achieving Access

by Joseph Harris ILR Press (August 09, 2017)

At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make health care and medicine available to everyone, why do resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and...


Building Power from Below

by Carolina Bank Munoz ILR Press (August 11, 2017)

"Carolina Bank Muñoz’s analysis of a success story in Chile’s retail industry, which is known to be particularly antiunion, is fascinating and important. The comparison of retail and logistics is particularly...


High Tech and High Touch

by James E. Coverdill & William Finlay ILR Press (November 15, 2017)

"A must-read for anyone interested in careers and executives."—Peter Cappelli, author of Talent on Demand

"High Tech and High Touch tells a captivating story about how we are all such complicated creatures...


The City Is the Factory

by Miriam Greenberg & Penny Lewis ILR Press (June 01, 2017)

Urban public spaces, from the streets and squares of Buenos Aires to Zuccotti Park in New York City, have become the emblematic sites of contentious politics in the twenty-first century. As the contributors...


Unions and the City

by Ian Thomas MacDonald ILR Press (June 01, 2017)

Labor unions remain the largest membership-based organizations in major North American cities, even after years of decline. Labor continues to play a vital role in mobilizing urban residents, shaping urban conflict,...


Informal Workers and Collective Action

by Adrienne E. Eaton, Susan J. Schurman & Martha A. Chen ILR Press (April 03, 2017)

Informal Workers and Collective Action features nine cases of collective action to improve the status and working conditions of informal workers. Adrienne E. Eaton, Susan J. Schurman, and Martha A. Chen set...


Selling Hope and College

by Alex Posecznick ILR Press (April 01, 2017)

It has long been assumed that college admission should be a simple matter of sorting students according to merit, with the best heading off to the Ivy League and highly ranked liberal arts colleges and the rest...


Clearing the Air

by Gregory Wood ILR Press (October 06, 2016)

In Clearing the Air, Gregory Wood examines smoking's importance to the social and cultural history of working people in the twentieth-century United States. Now that most workplaces in the United States are...


Anthropologies of Unemployment

by Jong Bum Kwon & Carrie M. Lane ILR Press (September 09, 2016)

Anthropologies of Unemployment offers accessible, theoretically innovative, and ethnographically rich examinations of unemployment in rural and urban regions across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and...


The Challenge to Change

by Rebecca Kolins Givan ILR Press (August 19, 2016)

There is constant pressure on hospitals to improve health care delivery and increase cost effectiveness. New initiatives are the order of the day in the dramatically different health care systems of the United...


Hard Sell

by Peter Ikeler ILR Press (August 02, 2016)

Along with fast-food workers, retail workers are capturing the attention of the public and the media with the Fight for $15. Like fast-food workers, retail workers are underpaid, and fewer than 5 percent of...


The Worker Center Handbook

by Kim Bobo & Marien Casillas Pabellon ILR Press (August 03, 2016)

Worker centers are becoming an important element in labor and community organizing and the struggle for fair pay and decent working conditions for low-wage workers, especially immigrants. There are currently...


Breaking the Mold

by Lotte Bailyn ILR Press (October 01, 2016)

In Breaking the Mold, Lotte Bailyn argues that society's separation of work and family is no longer a tenable model for employees or the organizations that employ them. Unless American business is willing to...


Too Few Women at the Top

by Kumiko Nemoto ILR Press

The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. In Too...


Juki Girls, Good Girls

by Caitrin Lynch ILR Press

When a government program brought garment factories to rural Sri Lanka, women workers found themselves caught between the pressures of a globalizing economy and societal expectations that villages are sanctuaries...


Ghostworkers and Greens

by Adam Tompkins ILR Press (March 24, 2016)

Throughout the twentieth century, despite compelling evidence that some pesticides posed a threat to human and environmental health, growers and the USDA continued to favor agricultural chemicals over cultural...


The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Welfare Machine

by Carly Elizabeth Schall ILR Press (May 06, 2016)

Sweden is well known for the success of its welfare state. Many believe that success was made possible in part by the country's ethnic homogeneity and that the increased diversity of Sweden’s population is...


Class and Campus Life

by Elizabeth Lee ILR Press (April 22, 2016)

In 2015, the New York Times reported, "The bright children of janitors and nail salon workers, bus drivers and fast-food cooks may not have grown up with the edifying vacations, museum excursions, daily doses...


Third Wave Capitalism

by John Ehrenreich ILR Press (April 05, 2016)

In Third Wave Capitalism, John Ehrenreich documents the emergence of a new stage in the history of American capitalism. Just as the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century gave way to corporate capitalism...


Building China

by Sarah Swider ILR Press (October 27, 2015)

Roughly 260 million workers in China have participated in a mass migration of peasants moving into the cities, and construction workers account for almost half of them. In Building China, Sarah Swider draws...


Buttoned Up

by Erynn Masi de Casanova ILR Press (November 17, 2015)

Who is today's white-collar man? The world of work has changed radically since The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and other mid-twentieth-century investigations of corporate life and identity. Contemporary jobs...


Better Must Come

by Matthew D. Marr ILR Press (January 26, 2015)

In Better Must Come, Matthew D. Marr reveals how social contexts at various levels combine and interact to shape the experiences of transitional housing program users in two of the most prosperous cities of...


Working through the Past

by Teri L. Caraway, Maria Lorena Cook & Stephen Crowley ILR Press (May 26, 2015)

Democratization in the developing and postcommunist world has yielded limited gains for labor. Explanations for this phenomenon have focused on the effect of economic crisis and globalization on the capacities...


Cleaning Up

by Dan Zuberi ILR Press

To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. In Cleaning Up, the first book to...


Mobilizing Restraint

by Emmanuel Teitelbaum ILR Press

In Mobilizing Restraint, Emmanuel Teitelbaum argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, democracies are better at managing industrial conflict than authoritarian regimes. This is because democracies have...


The Triangle Fire, Centennial Edition

by Leon Stein, William Greider & Michael Hirsch ILR Press

March 25, 2011, marks the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 garment workers lost their lives. A work of history relevant for all those who continue the fight for workers' rights...


The good temp

by Vicki Smith & Esther B. Neuwirth ILR Press (May 01, 2008)

Temporary agencies place approximately two and a half million people in jobs each day in the United States. Every year, about twelve million people use these placement agencies to find temporary work. Many Americans,...


Union Voices

by Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate & Edmund Heery ILR Press

In Union Voices, the result of a thirteen-year research project, three industrial relations scholars evaluate how labor unions fared in the political and institutional context created by Great Britain's New...


The Chicken Trail

by Kathleen C. Schwartzman ILR Press

In The Chicken Trail, Kathleen C. Schwartzman examines the impact of globalization-and of NAFTA in particular-on the North American poultry industry, focusing on the displacement of African American workers...


They Never Come Back

by Frans J. Schryer ILR Press (October 03, 2014)

For Mexicans on both sides of the border, the migrant experience has changed significantly over the past two decades. In They Never Come Back, Frans J. Schryer draws on the experiences of indigenous people...


Working for Justice

by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom & Victor Narro ILR Press

Working for Justice, which includes eleven case studies of recent low-wage worker organizing campaigns in Los Angeles, makes the case for a distinctive "L.A. Model" of union and worker center organizing. Networks...


Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory

by Emily Monosson ILR Press

About half of the undergraduate and roughly 40 percent of graduate degree recipients in science and engineering are women. As increasing numbers of these women pursue research careers in science, many who choose...


Phone Clones

by Kiran Mirchandani ILR Press

Transnational customer service workers are an emerging touchstone of globalization given their location at the intersecting borders of identity, class, nation, and production. Unlike outsourced manufacturing...


New Labor in New York

by Ruth Milkman & Edward Ott ILR Press (March 04, 2014)

New York City boasts a higher rate of unionization than any other major U.S. city—roughly double the national average—but the city's unions have suffered steady and relentless decline, especially in the...


Unfinished Business

by Ruth Milkman & Eileen Appelbaum ILR Press

Unfinished Business documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Drawing on original data from fieldwork and surveys...


Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks

by Penny Lewis ILR Press

In the popular imagination, opposition to the Vietnam War was driven largely by college students and elite intellectuals, while supposedly reactionary blue-collar workers largely supported the war effort. In...


Missing Class

by Betsy Leondar-Wright ILR Press (March 19, 2014)

Many activists worry about the same few problems in their groups: low turnout, inactive members, conflicting views on racism, overtalking, and offensive violations of group norms. But in searching for solutions...


A company of one

by Carrie M. Lane ILR Press

Being laid off can be a traumatic event. The unemployed worry about how they will pay their bills and find a new job. In the American economy's boom-and-bust business cycle since the 1980s, repeated layoffs...


Songs of the Factory

by Marek Korczynski ILR Press (November 06, 2014)

In Songs of the Factory, Marek Korczynski examines the role that popular music plays in workers' culture on the factory floor. Reporting on his ethnographic fieldwork in a British factory that manufactures...


First, Do Less Harm

by Ross Koppel & Suzanne Gordon ILR Press

Each year, hospital-acquired infections, prescribing and treatment errors, lost documents and test reports, communication failures, and other problems have caused thousands of deaths in the United States, added...


Holding the Line

by Barbara Kingsolver ILR Press

Holding the Line, Barbara Kingsolver's first non-fiction book, is the story of women's lives transformed by an a signal event. Set in the small mining towns of Arizona, it is part oral history and part social...


Urban Flow

by Jeffrey L. Kidder ILR Press (July 21, 2011)

Bike messengers are familiar figures in the downtown cores of major cities. Tasked with delivering time-sensitive materials within, at most, a few hours-and sometimes in as little as fifteen minutes-these couriers...


Reading Classes

by Barbara Jensen ILR Press

Discussions of class make many Americans uncomfortable. This accessible book makes class visible in everyday life. Solely identifying political and economic inequalities between classes offers an incomplete...


Behind the Kitchen Door

by Saru Jayaraman & Eric Schlosser ILR Press (January 23, 2013)

"Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don't want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant?...


The Question of Competence

by Lorelei Lingard, Brian D. Hodges & M. Brownell Anderson ILR Press (October 11, 2012)

Medical competence is a hot topic surrounded by much controversy about how to define competency, how to teach it, and how to measure it. While some debate the pros and cons of competence-based medical education...


Buoyancy on the Bayou

by Jill Ann. Harrison ILR Press

Over the past several decades, shrimp has transformed from a luxury food to a kitchen staple. While shrimp-loving consumers have benefited from the lower cost of shrimp, domestic shrimp fishers have suffered,...