© 1995

Segmented Labor, Fractured Politics

Labor Politics in American Life


Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Change and Decline

  3. Labor Politics in Three Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Pages 119-149
    3. Pages 151-181
    4. Pages 183-217
  4. Labor in National Politics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-377

About this book


My curiosity and concern about the working class in America stems from childhood memories of my father, a cabinetmaker, and of my oldest brother, an autoworker, who were passionately involved in the labor movement. Perhaps because they so wanted the working class to achieve greater social and economic justice and because they insisted it was not happening, I became curious to know the reasons why. Without even being aware of it, I began to explore a possible explanation—the internal diver­ sity of the working class. In my studies of autoworkers (the prototype proletarians) in the United States, Italy, Argentina, and India, I discovered that they seemed to be more divided economically, socially, and politically in the more eco­ nomically advanced countries—an idea that ran contrary to the evolution­ ary predictions of my Marxist friends. When I reported this in Blue-Collar Stratification (1976), I was surprised that some of them who were commit­ ted to an ideology of working-class solidarity attacked the hypothesis because it ran against their convictions.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbus

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Segmented Labor, Fractured Politics
  • Book Subtitle Labor Politics in American Life
  • Authors William Form
  • Series Title Springer Studies in Work and Industry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45031-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-7015-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-585-28764-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Business and Management, general
    Political Science
    Sociology, general
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