Working Class Experience
Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991

Palmer, Bryan D.
Publisher:  McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada
Year First Published:  {11231 Working Class Experience WORKING CLASS EXPERIENCE Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 Palmer, Bryan D. McClelland & Stewart Toronto Canada From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweeping interpretive study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800. 1983 1992 455pp BC1760-WorkingClass.jpg B Book 0-7710-6945-6 Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 is a study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800. Divided into seven detailed chapters, "the book traces the class struggles, political realignments, and cultural formations that evolved in the midst of economic and social transformation" and "follows Canadian workers as they travelled common routes of resistance and accommodation." It is a thorough study beginning with the movement of workers, from land to factories and workplaces of Canada's industrial revolution. The book is a revised and updated edition of the author's earlier work, Working-Class Experience: The Rise and Reconstitution of Canadian Labour, 1800-1980. The new edition contains a chapter on the contemporary period, looks more closely at the use and abuse of law by the state, further analyses the role of gender in working-class relations and considers political and economic issues central to working-class well being. <br> <br>Bryan D. Palmer is the author of numerous books and is a Professor of History at Queen's University. He is also the president of the Canadian Committee on Labour History and works closely with the journal Labour/Le Travail. <br> <br>[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary] <br> <br> <br> <br>Table of Contents <br> <br>Preface <br>1. Producing Classes, Paternalist Authority, 1800-1850 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Paternalism <br>iii) Material Experiences: Divergent / Convergent <br>iv) The Irish and Others: Some Quantities <br>v) Apprenticeship <br>vi) The Respectable <br>vii) The Rough <br>viii) Crime, Anti-Crime, and Class: The Law and the Producers <br>ix) Rough Justice <br>x) The Insurrectionary Moment <br>xi) Gender, Class, and the Paternal Order <br>xii) Producing Classes and Paternalist Authority - Accommodation and Resistance <br>2. Class Differentiation and Antagonism, 1850-1880 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) An Insurrection of Labour <br>iii) Unionism: Local and International <br>iv) Associational Life <br>v) Families <br>vi) Tavern Life: The World of Joe Beef's Canteen <br>vii) The Nine-Hour Pioneers <br>viii) Law and Labour: Establishing Limits <br>ix) The 1870s: Beginnings and an End <br>3. The Consolidation of Working-Class Opposition, 1880-1895 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Knights and Workmen <br>iii) A Movement Culture <br>iv) Brainworkers <br>v) Women <br>vi) Politics <br>vii) Strikes <br>viii) On the Margins of the Movement <br>ix) The Close of a Century <br>4. The Remaking of the Working Class and Its Oppositions, 1895-1920 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Material Life <br>iii) Internationalism <br>iv) Workplace Confrontation <br>v) The Politics of Dissent <br>vi) Regionalism: Radicalism / Religion <br>vii) Gendered Radicalism <br>viii) The War for Democracy <br>ix) General Strike <br>x) State and Class: Law and the Industrial Order <br>xi) Understanding Working-Class Oppositions and 1919 <br>5. Dissolution and Reconstitution, 1920-1940 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Labour Defeated <br>iii) Blood, Guts, and Culture on the Coal <br>iv) Communism <br>v) The Theatre of Mass Culture: The First Act <br>vi) Women of the New Day <br>vii) Working Against Not Working <br>viii) Reformism <br>ix) Industrial Unionism <br>x) Agitprop / Profit <br>xi) State Power in the Service of Class Interest <br>xii) The Pre-World War Two Context: Labour on the Defensive <br>6. Class, Culture, and Movement, 1940-1975 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Militancy, Legitimation, and the Arrival of Industrial Legality <br>iii) Unionism <br>iv) Labour's Cold War <br>v) Coming Together <br>vi) The Rise and Fall of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation <br>vii) Immigrants and Incomes <br>viii) Class and Nation: Quebec <br>ix) Youth, Popular Culture, and English-Canadian Nationalism <br>x) Women: At Home and Away <br>xi) The NDP: A Legacy of Class Ambivalence <br>xii) Fordism and the Canadian Working Class, 1940-1975 <br>7. Hard Times: Economic Downturn, the State, and Class Struggle, 1975-1991 <br>i) The Social Formation <br>ii) Cannibalizing the Clerks: Public-Sector Workers and State Attack <br>iii) A Tale of Two Provinces: The Assault on the Public Sector in Quebec and British Columbia <br>iv) A Tale of Two Bureaucracies: The Good Cop / Bad Cop Mythology of Trade Union Leadership <br>v) Slow-cialisms in One Province: Labour and the New Democratic Party in Hard Times <br>vi) Mass Culture: Spectacle and Hard Times <br>vii) Stabbing Back / Back-Stabbing <br>viii) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Working Class in a Time of Permanent Crisis <br>Bibliography <br>Index CX18649 1 true true false CX18649.htm [0xc00084a150 0xc000a0eae0 0xc000ed2ba0 0xc0011572f0 0xc0015771a0 0xc00165c510 0xc000144f90 0xc0001d1cb0 0xc00028d4a0 0xc0002c0990 0xc000193b00 0xc00033ae70 0xc00052ea50 0xc00023fb00 0xc00026fa10 0xc000480240 0xc000097e60 0xc0002c8300 0xc00049b770 0xc0004b1a40 0xc0008c1fb0 0xc000358180 0xc000453620 0xc00054ccf0 0xc000716000 0xc0009d8870 0xc000bad0e0 0xc00057bd40 0xc0003caf90 0xc0009b9cb0 0xc000aa4090 0xc000af3e00 0xc000f22ed0 0xc000f48510 0xc001159bc0 0xc0001f16e0 0xc000c39740 0xc000ddaed0 0xc00135acc0 0xc00135bd40 0xc001395bf0 0xc0013aaba0 0xc00141ad50 0xc0014fb0b0 0xc00163c3c0 0xc001c597a0 0xc00126b0b0 0xc000848570 0xc001211bc0 0xc001331890 0xc001426420 0xc001631e00 0xc0017d3410 0xc001ae9560 0xc001eb99e0 0xc001ef67e0 0xc002308cf0 0xc0026432f0 0xc00266afc0 0xc0026d9d70 0xc0002c29f0 0xc0007e2690 0xc00087a9c0 0xc000909b30 0xc0009dc630 0xc000b21500 0xc000cec960 0xc000d7d9e0 0xc000eb8ea0 0xc000f32510 0xc0012c8a80 0xc00172ecf0 0xc0017a0030 0xc001fa0b40 0xc00223fda0 0xc00273b590 0xc0027b1ad0 0xc002947b00 0xc002963e00 0xc002a24780] Cx}
Year Published:  1992
Pages:  455pp   ISBN:  0-7710-6945-6
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18649

From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweeping interpretive study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800.

Abstract: 
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 is a study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800. Divided into seven detailed chapters, "the book traces the class struggles, political realignments, and cultural formations that evolved in the midst of economic and social transformation" and "follows Canadian workers as they travelled common routes of resistance and accommodation." It is a thorough study beginning with the movement of workers, from land to factories and workplaces of Canada's industrial revolution. The book is a revised and updated edition of the author's earlier work, Working-Class Experience: The Rise and Reconstitution of Canadian Labour, 1800-1980. The new edition contains a chapter on the contemporary period, looks more closely at the use and abuse of law by the state, further analyses the role of gender in working-class relations and considers political and economic issues central to working-class well being.

Bryan D. Palmer is the author of numerous books and is a Professor of History at Queen's University. He is also the president of the Canadian Committee on Labour History and works closely with the journal Labour/Le Travail.

[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]



Table of Contents

Preface
1. Producing Classes, Paternalist Authority, 1800-1850
i) The Social Formation
ii) Paternalism
iii) Material Experiences: Divergent / Convergent
iv) The Irish and Others: Some Quantities
v) Apprenticeship
vi) The Respectable
vii) The Rough
viii) Crime, Anti-Crime, and Class: The Law and the Producers
ix) Rough Justice
x) The Insurrectionary Moment
xi) Gender, Class, and the Paternal Order
xii) Producing Classes and Paternalist Authority - Accommodation and Resistance
2. Class Differentiation and Antagonism, 1850-1880
i) The Social Formation
ii) An Insurrection of Labour
iii) Unionism: Local and International
iv) Associational Life
v) Families
vi) Tavern Life: The World of Joe Beef's Canteen
vii) The Nine-Hour Pioneers
viii) Law and Labour: Establishing Limits
ix) The 1870s: Beginnings and an End
3. The Consolidation of Working-Class Opposition, 1880-1895
i) The Social Formation
ii) Knights and Workmen
iii) A Movement Culture
iv) Brainworkers
v) Women
vi) Politics
vii) Strikes
viii) On the Margins of the Movement
ix) The Close of a Century
4. The Remaking of the Working Class and Its Oppositions, 1895-1920
i) The Social Formation
ii) Material Life
iii) Internationalism
iv) Workplace Confrontation
v) The Politics of Dissent
vi) Regionalism: Radicalism / Religion
vii) Gendered Radicalism
viii) The War for Democracy
ix) General Strike
x) State and Class: Law and the Industrial Order
xi) Understanding Working-Class Oppositions and 1919
5. Dissolution and Reconstitution, 1920-1940
i) The Social Formation
ii) Labour Defeated
iii) Blood, Guts, and Culture on the Coal
iv) Communism
v) The Theatre of Mass Culture: The First Act
vi) Women of the New Day
vii) Working Against Not Working
viii) Reformism
ix) Industrial Unionism
x) Agitprop / Profit
xi) State Power in the Service of Class Interest
xii) The Pre-World War Two Context: Labour on the Defensive
6. Class, Culture, and Movement, 1940-1975
i) The Social Formation
ii) Militancy, Legitimation, and the Arrival of Industrial Legality
iii) Unionism
iv) Labour's Cold War
v) Coming Together
vi) The Rise and Fall of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
vii) Immigrants and Incomes
viii) Class and Nation: Quebec
ix) Youth, Popular Culture, and English-Canadian Nationalism
x) Women: At Home and Away
xi) The NDP: A Legacy of Class Ambivalence
xii) Fordism and the Canadian Working Class, 1940-1975
7. Hard Times: Economic Downturn, the State, and Class Struggle, 1975-1991
i) The Social Formation
ii) Cannibalizing the Clerks: Public-Sector Workers and State Attack
iii) A Tale of Two Provinces: The Assault on the Public Sector in Quebec and British Columbia
iv) A Tale of Two Bureaucracies: The Good Cop / Bad Cop Mythology of Trade Union Leadership
v) Slow-cialisms in One Province: Labour and the New Democratic Party in Hard Times
vi) Mass Culture: Spectacle and Hard Times
vii) Stabbing Back / Back-Stabbing
viii) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Working Class in a Time of Permanent Crisis
Bibliography
Index

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