A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, and the State in Saint-Nazaires Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910 Leslie A. Schuster

ISBN: 9780313317750

Published: December 30th 2002

Hardcover

248 pages


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A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, and the State in Saint-Nazaires Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910  by  Leslie A. Schuster

A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, and the State in Saint-Nazaires Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910 by Leslie A. Schuster
December 30th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 248 pages | ISBN: 9780313317750 | 5.49 Mb

In this study of the life and work of Saint-Nazaires shipbuilding workers in the 30 years before World War I, Schuster shows that the consequences of industrial production for workers differed sharply according to their resources and experiences.MoreIn this study of the life and work of Saint-Nazaires shipbuilding workers in the 30 years before World War I, Schuster shows that the consequences of industrial production for workers differed sharply according to their resources and experiences.

She details the competing identities and divergent values maintained by shipbuilding workers, demonstrating that they were fostered by the interaction between state programs, industrial production, and the traditions pursued in the local realm. Third Republic economic policies for shipbuilding promoted unemployment and worker dependence on state officials over union leaders, and the uneven application of capitalist methods of production meant multiple workplace experiences that further undercut association.A workforce composed of industrial workers and agricultural producers brought markedly different priorities to the workplace.

Urban-dwelling industrial workers proved dependent on shipbuilding, while workers commuting from La Grande Bri DEGREESDere, a nearby marshland, were property-owning producers, mostly peat-cutters, with traditions of self-government and a commanding community identity. They turned to ship production precisely to maintain rural settlement and agricultural production. These divergent values and responses to industrial work, in conjunction with multiple barriers to association, generated separate and even contrary labor concerns and protests.



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