A Contest of Ideas
Capital, Politics, and Labor

Lichtenstein, Nelson
Publisher:  University of Illinois Press
Date Written:  01/10/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Pages:  336 pp   Price:  $27 (pbk.)   ISBN:  9780252037856
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX20985

Collected essays and provocations from the preeminent labour historian.

Abstract: 
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Publisher's Description:

For more than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship--on labor, politics, and social thought--to chart the history and prospects of a progressive America. A Contest of Ideas collects and updates many of Lichtenstein's most provocative and controversial essays and reviews.

These incisive writings link the fate of the labor movement to the transformations in the shape of world capitalism, to the rise of the civil rights movement, and to the activists and intellectuals who have played such important roles. Tracing broad patterns of political thought, Lichtenstein offers important perspectives on the relationship of labor and the state, the tensions that sometimes exist between a culture of rights and the idea of solidarity, and the rise of conservatism in politics, law, and intellectual life. The volume closes with portraits of five activist intellectuals whose work has been vital to the conflicts that engage the labor movement, public policy, and political culture.

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Table of Contents:

Part I. Shaping myself, shaping history --
part II. Capital, labor, and the state --
part III. The rights revolution --
part IV. The specter on the right --
part V. Intellectuals and their ideas