Now in its second edition, this reader presents a critical examination of the changing structure of work in Canada and abroad. Its focus is on the role of Canadian labour in the globalized world. Contributors include David Livingstone, Pat Armstrong, Meg Luxton, Dave Broad, and other prominent Canadian scholars. Each of the seven themed sections begins with a contextual introduction by Vivian Shalla and concludes with critical thinking questions and suggestions for further reading.
New to this edition:
All new content: 14 up-to-date chapters reflecting the current state of research on work in Canada
New section on informal care work
More workplace-based chapters that provide a view "from the shop floor"
Section I: Contextualizing the Transformation of Work: Globalization and Neoliberalism
Chapter 1: Capitalism Rebooted? The New Economy Might Not Be All That New Dave Broad and Wayne Antony
Chapter 2: The Neoliberal Rollback in Historical Perspective Thom Workman
Section II: The Reorganization of Work in the Manufacturing and Service Sectors
Chapter 3: Auto Workers’ Learning in Lean Production David W. Livingstone and Olivia Wilson
Chapter 4: Dialling for Service: Transforming the Public Sector Workplace in Canada Norene J. Pupo and Andrea Noack
Section III: The Increasing Precariousness of Work and the Flexibilization of Working Time
Chapter 5: Precarious Work, Privatization, and the Health-Care Industry: The Case of Ancillary Workers Pat Armstrong and Kate Laxer
Chapter 6: Shifting Temporalities: Economic Restructuring and the Politics of Working Time Vivian Shalla
Section IV: Racialization, Labour Migration, and Transformed Labour Markets
Chapter 7: Racializing Work/Reproducing White Privilege Gillian Creese
Chapter 8: Labour Migration and Temporary Work: Canada’s Foreign-Worker Programs in the “New Economy” Mark Thomas
Section V: Experiencing and Responding to Workplace and Labour Market Restructuring
Chapter 9: Flows, Eddies, Swamps, and Whirlpools: Inequality and the Experience of Work Change Janet Siltanen, Alette Willis, and Willow Scobie
Chapter 10: “Doing Something Meaningful”: Gender and Public Service during Municipal Government Restructuring Diana Worts, Bonnie Fox, and Peggy McDonough
Section VI: Informal Care Work and the Balancing of Paid Work and Family Responsibilities
Chapter 11: Mr. Dithers Comes to Dinner: Telework and the Merging of Women’s Work and Home Domains in Canada Laura C. Johnson, Jean Audrey, and Susan M. Shaw
Chapter 12: Friends, Neighbours, and Community: A Case Study of the Role of Informal Caregiving in Social Reproduction Meg Luxton
Section VII: Union Renewal and Alternative Organizing Strategies
Chapter 13: Cross-Constituency Organizing: A Vehicle for Union Renewal Linda Briskin
Chapter 14: Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75 Steven Tufts
Vivian Shalla is Professor of Sociology at the University of Guelph. Her research interests include work and labour markets, economic restructuring and globalization, sex and gender, social inequality, Canadian society, political economy, and social policy.
"This book will make an important contribution, filling a gap in the scholarly publications on work in this country. This is an exciting collection of readings that will convey some of the most pressing issues that now confront us as students, workers, and citizens."— Pamela Sugiman, McMaster University
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