The Violence of Work: New Essays in Canadian and U.S. Labour History
From mining to sex work and from the classroom to the docks, violence has always been a part of work. This collection of essays highlights the many different forms and expressions of violence that have arisen under capitalism in the last two hundred years, as well as how historians of working-class life and labour have understood violence. The editors draw together diverse case studies, integrating analysis of class, age, gender, sexuality, and race into the scholarship.
Essays span the United States and Canadian border, exploring gender violence, sexual harassment, the violent kidnapping of union organizers, the violence of inadequate health and safety protections, the culture of violence in state institutions, the mythology of working-class violence, and the changing nature of violence in extractive industries. The Violence of Work theorizes and historicizes violence as an integral part of working life, making it possible to understand the full scope and causes of workplace violence over time.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 208 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
"In analysing the connections between gender, work, and violence and the everyday violence used and experienced by workers on the job, Jeremy Milloy and Joan Sangster have made a valuable contribution to the field. The scholarship is sound and contemporary, and this excellent collection adds an especially timely analysis to sexual harassment during the current #MeToo movement."
Thomas Alter II, Department of History, Texas State University
"The Violence of Work is a unique collection of essays. Its thematic organizing principles and inclusion of recent and relevant events in both US and Canadian societies represent a strong contribution to the field."
James Barrett, Department of History, University of Illinois
Author InformationJeremy Milloy is the W.P. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.
Joan Sangster is a professor in the Departments of History and Women's Studies at Trent University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Accounting for Violence
1. The Perils of Sex Work in Montreal: Seeking Security and Justice in the Face of Violence, 1810–1842
Mary Ann Poutanen
2. The “New Solution”: Anti-Labour Kidnapping, D.B. McKay, and the Legacy of the Second Seminole War
3. Billy Gohl: Labour, Violence, and Myth in the Early Twentieth-Century Pacific Northwest
4. The Rules of Discipline: Workers and the Culture of Violence in Progressive Era Reform Schools
5. By the Numbers: Workers’ Compensation and the (Further) Conventionalization of Workplace Violence
6. Slow Violence and Hidden Injuries: The Work of Strip Mining in the American West
7. The Murder of Lori Dupont: Violence, Harassment, and Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario
8. Gender Violence in the Hospitality Industry: Panic Buttons, Pants, and Protest
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