Work

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The Abolition of Work and Other Myths
Schleuning, Neala
Article
1995
The American Working Class in Historical Persepctive
Glaberman, Martin
Article
1973
A review of Jeremy Brecher's Strike! (See CX6590)
Art and Labour
Morris, William
Article
1884
Says Morris: "By art, I do not mean only pictures and sculpture, nor only these and architecture, that is beautiful building properly ornamented; these are only a portion of art, which comprises, as I...
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Book
2000
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
The burden of slavery: New Internationalist August 2001 - #337
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
Discusses a brief history of slavery in different parts of the world, and its existence in the presence. Outlines ways for people and the government can contribute to end slavery.
Canadian Feminism And The Law: The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and the Pursuit of Equality
Razack, Sherene
Book
1991
The author gives a fascinating and informative look at the efforts of the Legal Education and Action Fund, a Feminist-Activist organization for the struggle to effect an egalitarian society through Ch...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Overview: Economy, Poverty, Work
Article
1989
To effect desired change, it is necessary to have the power to set a different agenda, and therefore to challenge the current concentration of economic and political power. One of the keys to building...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Economy, Poverty, Work Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the economy and economics.
Connexions Library: Work Focus Page
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on work.
The Crisis of Modern Society
Cardan, Paul (Cornelius Castoriadis)
Article
1965
Based on a talk given by Paul Cardan at Kent in 1965, "Crisis" elucidates upon the several endemic problems of modern societies, touching on the sciences, education, and the organization of work.
Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market
Doussard, Marc
Book
2013
Doussard demonstrates that the decline in wages and working conditions is anything but the unavoidable result of competitive economic forces. Rather, he makes the case that service sector and other lo...
The Economy of Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1970
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
Equal Shares in Caring
Brotchie, Jane ; Hills, Dione
Article
1991
Falling Behind: The State of Working Canada, 2000
Jackson, Andrew, Robinson, David, Baldwin,Bob, Wiggins, Cindy
Book
2000
An accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.
Food, Shelter and the American Dream
Aronowitz, Stanley
Book
1974
Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
Forced to Love the Grind: Passion is the new workplace requirement - and one that should be resisted
Tokumitsu, Miya
Article
2015
In this world, legendary figures are the ones who remain in the office for one hundred hours straight, working through their children's musical recitals and 104-degree fevers. The idea is that workers...
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada: Third Edition
Czerny, Michael; Swift, Jamie
Book
1984
See also CX2933.
Getting There: Producing Photostories With Immigrant Women
Barndt, Deborah, Cristall, Ferne, Marino, Dian
Book
1983
Photostories about immigrant women surviving in and adapting to a new culture.
Goodbye Welfare, Hello Workfare
Clark, Warren
Article
2012
The world’s richest countries are coercing their citizens to ‘donate’ their labour to big businesses and other organizations in return for welfare payments.
The Hidden Injuries of Class
Sennett, Richard; Cobb, Jonathon
Book
1966
Sennett and Cobb look at human relations between people of different classes and analyze everyday life and ordinary situations to identify class signals that make people feel inadequate.
Idiot Bosses and Valiant Women: Labor and Capital in Actual Practice
Macaray, David
Article
2010
"No matter what the enterprise, most employees know who the hard workers are, even though it's not their job to know. They know who hustles, pitches in and lends a hand, who goofs off and avoids work...
In Praise of Idleness
Russell, Bertrand
Book
1932
More leisure, not work, will benefit civilization. Modern organization and technology makes a four hour work day possible for leisure to be distributed to everyone.
The Informal Work Group
Weir, Stan
Article
1973
Stan Weir on some of his life experiences at work and what he saw as the "the only organizational form opposed to formal bureaucracies which cannot be captured by them", the informal work group.
Life on the Line
Rapoport, Roger
Article
1971
Working on an assembly line in an auto plant.
The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Reich, Wilhelm
Book
1933
Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or ...
Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality
Halpern, Rick; Horowitz, Roger
Book
Provides an important window into race and racism in the American workplace. In their own words, male and female packinghouse workers in the Midwest - mostly African-American - talk of their experienc...
The Newsletter #2
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
The Newsletter #3
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
The Newsletter #4
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Newsletter #5
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Book
2001
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them, inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any...
No Bosses Here!: A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively
Brandow, Karen; McDonnell, Jim;
Book
1981
A perceptive and practical guide to working in a collective.
On Unions and the Class Struggle
Article
1969
Written during the wave of workers' struggles known as the Italian hot autumn of 1969, when the autonomous struggles of the working class reached an unprecedented level, laying bare the character and ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2015: Labour Day issue
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Labour Day issue, with articles examining the relentless pressure put on workers to work ever longer hours, at the cost of their health and family life; anti-worker legislation, Zapatista popular educ...
Part-time Paradox: Connecting Gender, Work and Family
Duffy, Ann; Pupo, Norene
Book
1992
Tthe authors discuss whether the over-representation of women in part-time labour is exploitive or liberating. They present interviews and original research to describe the ways in which alternative w...
Radical Democracy
Lummis, C. Douglas
Book
1997
Lummis revives the meaning of democratic struggle and critques the economic and technological processes that have hindered its growth.
Red Menace #2: Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 1977
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
Rediscovering Two Labor Intellectuals
Early, Steve
Article
2004
Steve Early reviews collections of writings by Martin Glaberman and Stain Weir.
Reshaping Work
Schenk, Christopher; Anderson, John (eds.)
Article
1995
Resistance in China Today
Yu, Au Loong; Ruixue, Bai
Article
2012
Cases of Resistance in China continue to grow. Protests both large and small are extremely frequent. These range from workers’ protests against unpaid wages and demands for labor rights to protests ag...
The Right To Be Lazy
Lafargue, Paul
Book
1883
Our epoch has been called the century of work. It is in fact the century of pain, misery and corruption.
Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
Raphael, Dennis (ed.)
Book
2004
The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
Socialist Humanism
Fromm, Erich (ed.)
Book
1965
An international symposium whose contributors explore the humanist essence of socialism. Among the contributors are Herbert Marcuse, Maximilien Rubel, Norman Thomas, T.B. Bottomore, Raya Dunayevskaya,...
The Socialist Register 1981: Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
A Tale of Two Offices
Farragher, Elaine
Article
1977
Daily life and offices politics viewed through the experience of working in two libraries with very different management styles.
Traces of Magma: An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature
Knight, Rolf
Book
1983
An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
Two Miners
Article
1971
Useful Work versus Useless Toil
Morris, William
Article
1883
Morris proposes that while work is essential for our survival, nevertheless "there is some labour which is so far from being a blessing that it is a curse; that it would be better for the community an...
A Very Ordinary Life
Knight, Rolf
Book
1974
The story of one woman's life in the context of a dazzling and brutal century, encompassing the rise of fascism, the great depression, emigration, war, and above all, a likfe of work -- in mining and ...
What Is Important?
Castoriadis, Cornelius
Article
1979
It is necessary to demolish the monstrously false idea that the problems that workers see are not important, that there are more important ones which only "theorists" and politicians can speak about.
Why Work?: Arguments for the Leisure Society
Richards, Vernon (ed.)
Book
1983
Essays on useless work, useful work, and alternatives to work.
The William Morris Internet Archive
Website
A subarchive of the Marxists Internet Archive, featuring the works of the English socialist, writer, and artist William Morris.
Windows on the Workplace: Technology, Jobs, and the Organization of Office Work
Greenbaum, Joan
Book
2004
Takes us behind the news stories of the highly efficient, high-tech workplace and shows us the ways in which technologies have been adapted by management to reshape the way work is done.
Women at Work: Ontario 1850-1930
Acton, Janice; Goldsmith, Penny; Shepard, Bonnie
Book
1974
Wmen at Work attempts to explore the realities of Canadian women's experiences, and proposes a framework which begins to answer why the double exploitation of women as mothers and workers has persiste...
Women at Work - Ontario, 1850- 1930
Goldsmith, Penny; Shephard, Bonnie.
Book
...
Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance
Book
2011
About work in capitalist society.
Work and New Technologies: Other Perspectives (Volume 3)
DeBresson, Chris; Lowe Benston, Margaret; Vorst, Jesse
Book
1987
Essays covering health hazards, labour concerns, and issues of deskilling related to new technologies in the workplace.
Work Overload: Time for a Union Strategy
Hurley, Michael; Gindin, Sam
Article
2015
Talk to workers in any sector, in any workplace and sooner or later they’ll get to their frustrations with their ever-increasing workloads: ‘I’m struggling’, they’ll lament to fellow workers or anyone...
Worked to the Bone: Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky
Buck, Pem Davidson
Book
A provocative examination of race, class and the mechanics of inequality in the United States.
A Workers' Inquiry
Marx, Karl
Article
1880
Workers Profiles: Below the Minimum Wage
Jaffri, Sara and Singh, Harshita
Article
2016
An endless supply of alcohol, good music, pool tables, and friendly strangers -- these elements seem like a recipe for a fun time. For those of us who frequent bars and pubs, this kind of environment ...
Working
Terkel, Studs
Book
1972
People talk a bout what they do all day and how they feel about what they do.
Working at Inglis: The Life and Death of a Canadian Company
Sobel, David & Meurer, Susan
Book
David Sobel and Susan Meurer look at 108 years of history at the John Inglis plant in west Toronto. With archival and contemprary photos, interviews with workers, the history of gendered work segregat...
Working Harder Isn't Working: A Detailed Plan for Implementing a Four-day Workweek in Canada
O'Hara, Bruce
Book
1993
O'Hara details how the overworked can job share with the unemployed for economic, social, and psychological benefits for all.
Working Hours
Viale, Guido
Article
In this article written around 1972, Guido Viale, a member of the Italian socialist group Lotta Continua, discusses the struggle for less work and shorter hours.
Working in a supermarket
Anonymous
Article
1979
Observations on working as a carry-out in a supermarket.
Working in an office -- for a while
Article
1978
The first thing that strikes one about working in this particular office is how little actual work ever gets done.
Working Lives: Vancouver 1886-1986
Working Lives Collective
Book
1986
Workshop Talks: Reclaim our labor
Htun, Lin
Article
2015
Lin discusses the precarious conditions under which healthcare labourers work.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Committee of Canadian Labour History
Promotes the study of Canadian workers and their contribution to Canadian History. It publishes Labour/Le Travail and occasional books.
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Council of Canadians
We believe that we Canadians should control our natural resources, our energy, our water, and our culture. We believe the important political and economic decisions that decide our future should be ma...
HighGrader Magazine
ighGrader Magazine is committed to serve the interests of northerners by bringing the issues, concerns and culture of the north to the world through the writings and art of award-winning journalists a...
Libcom.org
Resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions. We want to discuss with one another, learn from experiences of the past and develop strategies ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Our Times Publishing
Independent Canadian labour magazine.
Prole.info
"Prole" is short for "proletarian" a word used by Karl Marx to describe the working class under capitalism. We are all the people in this society who do not own property or a business we can make mone...
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
Second Story Press
Dedicated to publishing feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers.
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
This Magazine
This Magazine tells you what's happening and why. News across Canada, award-winning investigations, columnists, fiction, poetry, comics, more!
Centre for Research on Work & Society
University-union-community research centre doing activist research on work and labour.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote ri...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations,...

Sources Library

Hard work, high pay in tar sands "hell"
Wood, Linda Solomon
2013
One man's life in the tar sands, as told to a stranger in a conversation on a plane.
Labour camp
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
A labour camp is a simplified detention facility where inmates are forced to engage in penal labor. Labour camps have many common aspects with slavery and with prisons.
Oil Sands Workers Don't Cry
Dembicki, Geoff
2010
Toughing it out in the cold, isolated, male world of mobile workers in Alberta's oil patch.
Work Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to work in the Sources directory for the media.

From the Connexions Archives

Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Centre for Research on Work and Society
Website
University-union-community research centre doing activist research on work and labour.
LabourStart
Website
A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Newsletter
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workp...
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...