Working Lives: Essays in Canadian Working-Class History

By Craig Heron

© 2018

Craig Heron is one of Canada’s leading labour historians. Drawing together fifteen of Heron’s new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues, including politics, culture, gender, wage-earning, and union organization. A timely contribution to the evolving field of labour studies in Canada, this cohesive collection of essays analyzes the daily experiences of people working across Canada over more than two hundred years.

Honest in its depictions of the historical complexities of daily life, Working Lives raises issues in the writing of Canadian working-class history, especially "working-class realism" and how it is eventually inscribed into Canada’s public history. Thoughtfully reflecting on the ways in which workers interact with the past, Heron discusses the important role historians and museums play in remembering the adversity and milestones experienced by Canada’s working class.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.3in x 9.0in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 15181

Book Formats

SKU# SP005007

  • PUBLISHED NOV 2018

    From: $42.46

    Regular Price: $49.95

    ISBN 9781487522513
  • PUBLISHED OCT 2018

    From: $82.50

    Regular Price: $110.00

    ISBN 9781487503253
  • AVAILABLE JUN 2018

    From: $42.46

    Regular Price: $49.95

Quick Overview

Drawing together fifteen of Heron’s new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues within working-class life, including politics and culture, gender, wage-earning and union organization.

Working Lives: Essays in Canadian Working-Class History

By Craig Heron

© 2018

Craig Heron is one of Canada’s leading labour historians. Drawing together fifteen of Heron’s new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues, including politics, culture, gender, wage-earning, and union organization. A timely contribution to the evolving field of labour studies in Canada, this cohesive collection of essays analyzes the daily experiences of people working across Canada over more than two hundred years.

Honest in its depictions of the historical complexities of daily life, Working Lives raises issues in the writing of Canadian working-class history, especially "working-class realism" and how it is eventually inscribed into Canada’s public history. Thoughtfully reflecting on the ways in which workers interact with the past, Heron discusses the important role historians and museums play in remembering the adversity and milestones experienced by Canada’s working class.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Craig Heron’s fine-grained exploration of the character, contexts, and complexities of working-class life is unsurpassed, and collectively these essays are a fitting testimony both to the travails and celebrations of working people and to the author’s careful historical scholarship."


    James Naylor, Department of History, Brandon University

    "No one has done more to apply the methods of the new labour history to the twentieth-century working-class experience than Craig Heron, and few have demonstrated the same strengths of incisive analysis and evocative writing."


    David Frank, Department of History, University of New Brunswick
  • Author Information

    Craig Heron is a professor in the Department of History at York University and author of Working Steel: The Early Years in Canada, 1883-1935, also published by University of Toronto Press.
  • Table of contents

    Part One: On the Job
    1. On the Job in Canada
    2. Ontario’s First Factory Workers
    3. Work and Struggle in the Canadian Steel Industry, 1900-50

    Part Two: Workers’ Cultures
    4. Arguing about Idleness
    5. Labour and Liquor
    6. Into the Streets

    Part Three: Getting Organized
    7. Labourism and the Working Class
    8. The Great War, the State, and Working-Class Canada         
    9. Contours of a Workers’ Revolt

    Part Four: A Gendered World
    10. Working Girls
    11. Boys Will Be Boys
    12. Male Wage-Earners and the Canadian State

    Part Five: Doing History
    13. Workers in the Camera’s Eye
    14. The Labour Historian and Public History
    15. The Relevance of Class