Newcomers in the Workplace: Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U. S. Economy / Edition 1

Newcomers in the Workplace: Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U. S. Economy / Edition 1

by Louise Lamphere
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566391318

ISBN-13: 9781566391313

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Temple University Press

Newcomers in the Workplace documents and dramatizes the changing face of the American workplace, transformed in the 1980s by immigrant workers in all sectors. This collection of excellent ethnographies captures the stench of meatpacking plants, the clatter of sewing machines, the sweat of construction sites, and the strain of management-employee relations in hotels…  See more details below

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Newcomers in the Workplace documents and dramatizes the changing face of the American workplace, transformed in the 1980s by immigrant workers in all sectors. This collection of excellent ethnographies captures the stench of meatpacking plants, the clatter of sewing machines, the sweat of construction sites, and the strain of management-employee relations in hotels and grocery stores as immigrant workers carve out crucial roles in a struggling economy.

Case studies focus on three geographical regions-Philadelphia, Miami, and Garden City, Kansas-where the active workforce includes increasing numbers of Cubans, Haitians, Koreans, Puerto Ricans, Laotians, Vietnamese, and other new immigrants. The portraits show these newcomers reaching across ethnic boundaries in their determination to retain individualism and to insure their economic survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566391313
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Labor and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Beef Stew: Cattle, Immigrants, and Established Residents in a Kansas Beefpacking Town25
3Knock 'Em Dead: Work on the Killfloor of a Modern Beefpacking Plant44
4Guys in White Hats: Short-Term Participant Observation among Beef-Processing Workers and Managers78
5The Effects of Packinghouse Work on Southeast Asian Refugee Families99
6Miami: Capital of Latin America129
7Brothers in Wood145
8Grounding the Saturn Plant: Failed Restructuring in a Miami Apparel Plant164
9The View from the Back of the House: Restaurants and Hotels in Miami181
10Polishing the Rustbelt: Immigrants Enter a Restructuring Philadelphia199
11Facing Job Loss: Changing Relationships in a Multicultural Urban Factory231
12Encounters Over the Counter: Bosses, Workers, and Customers on a Changing Shopping Strip251
13Poverty and Politics: Practice and Ideology among Small Business Owners in an Urban Enterprise Zone281
Contributors' Notes303
Index305
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