Farewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Farewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Ruth Milkman
     
 


"A profound exploration into the decline of factory labor in the U.S. . . . Hers is one of those rare books that brilliantly illuminates current transformations in the organization of work and work lives."—Fred Block, author of Postindustrial Possibilities

"Part ethnography and part contemporary labor history, Milkman's wonderful book will be

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"A profound exploration into the decline of factory labor in the U.S. . . . Hers is one of those rare books that brilliantly illuminates current transformations in the organization of work and work lives."—Fred Block, author of Postindustrial Possibilities

"Part ethnography and part contemporary labor history, Milkman's wonderful book will be required reading for anyone concerned with the transformation American industry has undergone in the past twenty years and what this transformation has meant for American workers."—David Brody, author of Workers in Industrial America

"Behind all of the statistics on downsizing, the shrinking of our industrial base, and the folly of short-sighted management is the human drama of working women and men and their unions, struggling for dignity, fairness, and security. In Farewell to the Factory, Ruth Milkman tells us the stories of workers in a New Jersey auto plant. Milkman's scholarship makes a valuable contribution to the national conversation on restoring the American Dream for working families."—John J. Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO

"A fascinating case study of deindustrialization and restructuring by one of the leading social historians of the auto industry. The book is a great read and should be widely adopted in the classroom."—Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

"Milkman's impressive study probes the contemporary meaning of work, freedom and dignity in a fashion both sociologically rigorous and culturally evocative. Avoiding liberal nostalgia over the demise of industial America, Milkman deploys a magnificantly textured set of interviews to demonstrate that auto workers hated the chronic stress and humiliation of factory work even as they clung to its high pay and good benefits."—Nelson Lichtenstein, author of The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520206786
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Prisoners of Prosperity: Auto Workers in the Postwar Period22
3Adversarialism and Beyond: The UAW in Uncertain Times51
4Farewell to the Factory: The Buyout Experience93
5The "New Linden": Rhetoric and Reality137
App. 1Selected Data on Linden-GM Production Workers, 1985182
App. 2Auto Workers' Hourly Earnings, 1958-1992189
App. 3A Note on Methodology191
Notes201
Index231

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