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Solidarity First

Canadian Workers and Social Cohesion

edited by Robert O'Brien

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list price: $95.00
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
published: 2008
ISBN:9780774814393
publisher: UBC Press
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"An important and timely book that engages a uniquely critical perspective on the liberal ideology of social cohesion from a labour perspective. I can think of no other source with the depth of analysis and range of case studies."

– Colin Mooers, editor of The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire

As working people’s lives become increasingly fragmented, competitive, and unequal, debates about social cohesion capture the unease of contemporary society over growing economic restructuring. Solidarity First examines the concept and practice of social cohesion in terms of its impact on, and significance for, workers in Canada. It will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of public policy, political science, sociology, and labour studies.

 

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Contributor notes

Robert O’Brien is the LIUNA-Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues and chair of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.

Contributors: Roy Adams, Holly Gibbs, Belinda Leach, Wayne Lewchuck, Mark Thomas, Larry Haiven, Leah Vosko, Don Wells, and Charlotte Yates.

 

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Editorial Review

Solidarity First is about working class experience in the era of globalization and neo-liberalism; the contributors show how this experience provides an invaluable lens through which to evaluate the discourse and set of practices that go under the label "social cohesion." Well-written and clear, it will be read by researchers in a variety of social science disciplines.

— Stephen McBride, co-editor of Global Turbulence: Social Activists' and State Responses to Globalization
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Robert O'Brien

Robert O’Brien is the LIUNA-Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues and Chair of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.
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