Winter 2011

Volume 20, Issue 1

Winter 2011 • Volume 20 Issue 1
Winter 2011 • Volume 20 Issue 1
Table of Contents

From the Editorial Team

Under the Radar
By Ben Becker
Unreported and under-reported news and views that matter.

On the Contrary
We Can’t Go Home Again: Why The New Deal Won’t Be Renewed
By Jefferson Cowey

Out of the Smoke and the Flame: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Its Legacy
Why No Fire This Time?: From the Mass Strike to No Strike
By Stephen Pimpare
Exploring the limits of resistance since the days of the Triangle Fire.

From the Triangle Fire to the BP Explosion: A Short History of the Century-Long Movement for Safety and Health Disaster
By Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner
Is the glass half empty or half full?

Feminism and the Labor Movement: A Century of Collaboration and Conflict
By Eileen Boris and Annelise Orleck
Is the feminization of the labor movement an indicator of its decline or a harbinger of its renewal?

The Rag Trade as the Canary in the Coal Mine: The Global Sweatshop, 1980 -2010
By Robert J.S. Ross
Garment manufacturing as the vanguard of the rearguard.

A Twenty-First Century Organizing Model: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign
By Ai-jen Poo
What does the triumph of Domestic Workers United mean for the future of the labor movement?

Immigration Reform: Two Proposals
Citizens of the Global Economy: A Proposal to Universalize the Rights of Transnational Labor Movement
By Jennifer Gordon

Neither Walls Nor Open Borders: A New Approach to Immigration Reform
By Rodolfo O. de la Garza

Land of the Open Shop: The Long Struggle to Organize Silicon Valley
By David Beacon
Why the organizing drives and victories of the 1980s and 1990s proved so abortive

Working-Class Voices of Contemporary America
Survival in the Shadows
By Neure Clarke

Economic Prospects
By Robert Pollin

In the Rearview Mirror
By Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman
Revisiting the past to illuminate the present

Caught in the Web
By Liza Featherstone
Labor news, views, and resources online.

Books and the Arts

Homeless in Academe
In A Carpenter’s Daughter: A Working-Class Woman in Higher Education
By Renny Christopher
Reviewed by Nicholas Coles

Demythologizing Mexican Immigration
Clandestine Crossings : Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border
By David Spener
Reviewed by Mary Romero

The Celluloid Economy
The American Ruling Class
Directed by John Kirby
The People Speak
Co-directed by Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn
What’s the Economy for, Anyway?
Directed by David Batker and John de Graaf
Reviewed by Kathy M. Newman

To Work Is to Pray: Faith and Working-Class Resilience
Justified by Work: Identity and the Meaning of Faith in Chicago’s Working-Class Churches
By Robert Anthony Bruno
Charity in Truth (Caritas In Veritate)
By Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger)
Reviewed by Brian R. Corbin

Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed
By Matt Witt


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