Labor Pains: Stories from Inside America's New Union Movement

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In recent years John Bellamy Foster has emerged as a leading theorist of the Marxist perspective on ecology. His seminal book -Marx's Ecology- (Monthly Review Press, 2000) discusses the place of ecological issues within the intellectual history of Marxism and on the philosophical foundations of a Marxist ecology, and has become a major point of reference in ecological debates. This historical and philosophical focus is now supplemented by more directly political engagement in his new book, Ecology against ...
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Overview

In recent years John Bellamy Foster has emerged as a leading theorist of the Marxist perspective on ecology. His seminal book -Marx's Ecology- (Monthly Review Press, 2000) discusses the place of ecological issues within the intellectual history of Marxism and on the philosophical foundations of a Marxist ecology, and has become a major point of reference in ecological debates. This historical and philosophical focus is now supplemented by more directly political engagement in his new book, Ecology against Capitalism. In a broad-ranging treatment of contemporary ecological politics, Foster deals with such issues as pollution, sustainable development, technological responses to environmental crisis, population growth, soil fertility, the preservation of ancient forests, and the "new economy" of the Internet age.

Foster's introduction sets out the unifying themes of these essays enabling the reader to draw from them a consolidated approach to a rapidly-expanding field of debate which is of critical importance in our times.

Within these debates on the politics of ecology, Foster's work develops an important and distinctive perspective. Where many of these debates assume a basic divergence of "red" and "green" issues, and are concerned with the exact terms of a trade-off between them, Foster argues that Marxism-properly understood-already provides the framework within which ecological questions are best approached. This perspective is advanced here in accessible and concrete form, taking account of the major positions in contemporary ecological debate.

Author Biography: John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, and co-editor of Monthly Review. He is author of The Vulnerable Planet and Marx's Ecology, and co-editor of In Defense of History, Capitalism and the Information Age, and Hungry for Profit, all published by Monthly Review Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583670583
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Prologue 7
Centrifugal Force 11
1 Make Way for a New Day 13
2 Spinning into the Job 18
3 No Reds in the Rainbow 19
4 Lois Anne's Labor Movement 24
5 The Stage Is Set 32
6 Union Staffer: A Job Description 34
7 Even the Dead 39
8 The Evolution of a President 43
9 Child's Play in the Toy Store 46
10 The Day I Got Freedom 52
11 Organizing: When It Works 57
12 A Toast to the Winners 70
13 Going in Unarmed 77
14 A White "N" and Other Slander 84
15 Barbie in Work Boots 98
16 Hanging Them Out to Dry 104
17 Enter a Health Care Giant 105
Futility 111
18 Another Night Alone 113
19 Still Can't Win for Losing 115
20 The Revival of the Boycott 122
21 The Mysterious Death of Josef 126
22 When Bullets Fly 133
23 The President Creates His Generals 141
24 The Violence Inside 143
25 Bad Boys 147
26 The Smell of Scotch 152
27 Playing the Race Card 155
28 Finding My Lines 158
Hope 161
29 Striking a Hospital 163
30 The Union Begins to Crumble 172
31 As United as We Get 176
32 A Home for the Holidays 179
33 Frogs in a Beaker 183
34 The Reverend Returns 186
35 Our Doors 193
36 From the Beginning 202
37 Going East? 206
38 The Struggle Continues 207
Epilogue 213
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