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Between Craft And Class: Skilled Workers And Factory Politics In The United States And Britain, 1890-1922
by Jeffrey Haydu
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Graham S. Lowe, International Journal of Comparative Sociology
"An exemplary piece of historical-sociological research . . . [and] a major contribution that undoubtedly will become required reading for labour studies specialists."
Rick Fantasia, American Journal of Sociology
"Haydu has combined solid historical scholarship, an intelligent (and judicious) comparative perspective, and thoughtful sociology to produce an important book about workers, politics, and collective action. . . . Between Craft and Class is good sociology and good history."
Howard Kimeldorf, Contemporary Sociology
"Between Craft and Class is an extremely important work. In its use of comparative methods to analyze patterns of factory politics, it is strikingly original."
Between Craft and Class provides an incisive new look at workers' responses to the momentous economic changes surrounding them in the early years of the twentieth century. In this work, Haydu focuses on the reaction of skilled metal workers to new production methods that threatened time-honored craft traditions. He finds that the workers' responses to industrial change varied--some defended the status quo, while others agreed to trade customary rules for economic rewards. Under some conditions class protest arose, as workers of diverse skills and trades joined to demand a greater voice in the management of industry. Between Craft and Class explores how broadly based movements for workers' control developed during this critical period, and why they ultimately failed.
Comparing workers in the United States and Britain, Haydu's scholarship is distinguished by extensive primary source research and provocative theoretical insights. In its scope and depth, this book will revise current notions of craft politics and working-class radicalism during this period.
About the Author
Jeffrey Haydu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
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