From mining to sex work and from the classroom to the docks, violence has always been a part of work. This collection of essays highlights the many different forms and expressions of violence that have arisen under capitalism in the last two hundred years, as well as how historians of working-class life and labour have understood violence. The editors draw together diverse case studies, integrating analysis of class, age, gender, sexuality, and race into the scholarship.
Essays span the United States and Canadian border, exploring gender violence, sexual harassment, the violent kidnapping of union organizers, the violence of inadequate health and safety protections, the culture of violence in state institutions, the mythology of working-class violence, and the changing nature of violence in extractive industries. The Violence of Work theorizes and historicizes violence as an integral part of working life, making it possible to understand the full scope and causes of workplace violence over time.
About the authors
Jeremy Milloy is the W.P. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.
Joan Sangster is a professor of women's studies and history at Trent University, where she also teaches at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies. Her most recent books are Girl Trouble: Female 'Delinquency' in English Canada and Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada.
Other titles by Jeremy Milloy
Other titles by Joan Sangster
One Hundred Years of Canadian Feminism
One Hundred Years of Struggle
The History of Women and the Vote in Canada
The Iconic North
Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada
Through Feminist Eyes
Essays on Canadian Women’s History
Women and Work in Postwar Canada
Class, Gender, and Race in Canadian Working-Class History
Female Delinquency in English Canada
Regulating Girls and Women
Sexuality, Family, and the Law in Ontario, 1920-1960
The Lives of Working Women in Small Town Ontario, 1920-1960
Beyond the Vote
Canadian Women and Politics