Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom - Working Class in American History (Paperback)Daniel J. Clark (author)
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Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Number of pages: 266
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Well-written and well-researched, this book challenges and transforms the way we understand the immediate postwar era. Daniel Clark closely examines auto work and ordinary autoworkers, people whose lives have been overwhelmed by the narrative of postwar economic expansion and overlooked by most scholars. The vaunted economic boom was not the vehicle for the making of the Detroit middle class, Clark shows. Detroit autoworkers and their families experienced the same job instability and economic insecurity that had long shaped working-class life and labor. Attentive to gender and race, Clark offers an astute and cogent argument informed by wide and deep research in newspapers and close listening to and reading of oral histories. Providing a startling different perspective on the postwar boom and the alleged heyday of the United Auto Workers when high wages and benefits pushed autoworkers into the middle class, the book requires revision of modern American history as well as midcentury labor history."--Nancy Gabin, author of Feminism in the Labor Movement: Women and the United Auto Workers, 1935-1970
"Disruption in Detroit breaks ground for exciting new research questions and debates in this crucial period of working-class history. Clark's work should prompt historians of the United States, Canada, and beyond to rethink and re-examine post-war working-class lives." --Labour/Le Travail
"Its careful consideration of large economic trends balanced with personal interviews provides readers with a good portrait of the actual struggles of what some have (perhaps mistakenly) called the 'aristocracy of American labor.'" --The Michigan Historical Review
"Disruption in Detroit should take its place near the top of this reading list. Clark masterfully details the struggles of autoworkers who faced economic upheaval at the core of the midcentury industrial economy." --Labor Studies in Working-Class History
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