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All Play and No Work

American Work Ideals and the Comic Plays of the Federal Theatre Project

Paul Gagliardi

Forthcoming Fall 2023 — Pre-order your copy now

How comic plays of the Federal Theatre Project challenged work norms promoted by the federal government during the Great Depression

216 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 halftones


Building a Social Contract

Modern Workers’ Houses in Early Twentieth-Century Detroit

Michael McCulloch

Shows that power is negotiated through housing development, which spatializes race and class relations and is central to workers’ security

242 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 9 figures, 61 halftones


Solidarity & Care

Domestic Worker Activism in New York City

Alana Lee Glaser

How intersectional labor organizing and solidarity can effectively protect workers in the domestic work sector and other industries

204 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 14 halftones


Clean Air and Good Jobs

U.S. Labor and the Struggle for Climate Justice

Todd E. Vachon

Examining the growing participation by labor activists, leaders, and unions in the fight to address climate change, jobs, and justice

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 9 figures


Gendered Places

The Landscape of Local Gender Norms across the United States

William J. Scarborough

Reveals how distinct cultural environments shape the patterns of gender inequality

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 49 figures


Never Ask "Why"

Football Players' Fight for Freedom in the NFL

Ed Garvey; Edited by Chuck Cascio

An inside look at the struggles Ed Garvey faced in bringing true professionalism to football players

230 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 13 halftones


What Workers Say

Decades of Struggle and How to Make Real Opportunity Now

Roberta Rehner Iversen

Voices from the labor market on the chronic lack of advancement

198 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables, 1 figure


Making Their Days Happen

Paid Personal Assistance Services Supporting People with Disability Living in Their Homes and Communities

Lisa I. Iezzoni

Explores the complexities of the interpersonal dynamics and policy implications affecting personal assistance service consumers and providers

284 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 tables, 1 figure, 9 halftones


Elaine Black Yoneda

Jewish Immigration, Labor Activism, and Japanese American Exclusion and Incarceration

Rachel Schreiber

The remarkable story of a Jewish activist who joined her incarcerated Japanese American husband and son in an American concentration camp

230 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 halftones


The Many Futures of Work

Rethinking Expectations and Breaking Molds

Edited by Peter A. Creticos, Larry Bennett, Laura Owen, Costas Spirou, and Maxine Morphis-Riesbeck

Reframes the conversation about contemporary workplace experience by providing both “top down” and “bottom up” analyses

396 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 tables, 23 figures


From Collective Bargaining to Collective Begging

How Public Employees Win and Lose the Right to Bargain

Dominic D. Wells

Analyzes the expansion and restriction of collective bargaining rights for public employees

198 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 22 tables, 1 figure, 9 maps



How States Push Mothers Out of Employment

Leah Ruppanner

Challenging preconceived notions of the states that support working mothers

186 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 tables, 4 figures, 36 maps


Becoming Entitled

Relief, Unemployment, and Reform during the Great Depression

Abigail Trollinger

Chronicles Americans’ shift in thinking about government social insurance programs during the Great Depression

232 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 1 table, 4 halftones


Communists and Community

Activism in Detroit's Labor Movement, 1941-1956

Ryan S. Pettengill

Enhances our understanding of the central role Communists played in the advancement of social democracy throughout the mid-twentieth century

260 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 12 figures, 2 maps


A Collective Pursuit

Teachers' Unions and Education Reform

Lesley Lavery

Arguing that teachers’ unions are working in community to reinvigorate the collective pursuit of reforms beneficial to both educators and public education

234 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 3 tables