[Announce] World Wide Work
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Mon Apr 21 09:39:41 CDT 2003
From: Matt Witt <mattwitt at workingfamilies.com>
This edition of the free bulletin, World Wide Work, is published by the
American Labor Education Center, an independent nonprofit founded in 1979.
WORLD WIDE WORK
New and worth noting...
*Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (Scribner). This unforgettable, unvarnished
first-person account of a Marine's experience in the 1991 Gulf War provides
a more vivid, honest picture of what war in that region is like than any of
the media coverage of the recent invasion of Iraq.
* What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman
(Basic Books). A serious, in-depth, highly readable look at the media'
economic and social biases.
* Education for Changing Unions by Burke, Geronimo, Martin, Thomas, and
Wall (Between the Lines/SCB Distributors). A useful, practical resource
for labor educators and anyone interested in improving the quality of
workshops, meetings, and conferences.
* SPIN Works!: A Media Guidebook for Communicating Values and Shaping
Opinion by Robert Bray. A basic guide to effective media work from the
SPIN Project that provides training and advice to progressive organizations.
* Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You by Norman Solomon and
Reese Erlich (Context). Documents the media's role in marketing the
invasion of Iraq to the American public.
* Unlocking the Middle East by Richard Falk (Interlink). A collection of
essays that provide historical background on the spectrum of difficult
issues and conflicts in the region.
* Changing the Powers That Be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win by G.
William Domhoff ( Rowman and Littlefield). Takes on strategic questions
about the Democratic Party, populism, nonviolent resistance, the news
media, and other issues.
* The Environmental Justice Reader edited by Adamson, Evans, and Stein
(University of Arizona Press). Essays, interviews, and personal stories
that provide a wide-ranging introduction to the link between pollution,
race, and class, as well as community efforts to organize on those issues.
* The Rule of Racialization by Steve Martinot (Temple University Press). A
historical look at race and class in America from the founding of the
colonies to today.
* Unions and Legitimacy by Gary Chaison and Barbara Bigelow (Cornell
University Press). Uses five case studies -- the 1997 UPS strike, clerical
worker organizing at Harvard, the AFL-CIO associate membership program, the
campaign against NAFTA, and a nurse campaign for safe care to discuss what
does and does not increase unions' legitimacy in the eyes of workers and
the general public.
* How the Other Half Works: Immigration and the Social Organization of
Labor by Roger Waldinger and Michael Lichter (University of California
Press). Focuses on the social dynamics of the changing workforce in Los
Angeles, what motivates employers to hire Latinos for low-wage jobs, and
the impact on African Americans.
* No-Collar: The Human Workplace and Its Hidden Costs by Andrew Ross
(Basic). A study of two "new economy" companies that argues that high-tech
corporate offices have not turned out to the utopia that some promised.
* Little Stones at My Window by Mario Benedetti (Curbstone). A bilingual
collection of often imaginative and moving poems by the Uruguayan
author. Other new bilingual poetry collections from Curbstone include
Casting Off by the Salvadoran poet Claribel Alegria and The Time Tree by
the Vietnamese poet Huu Thinh.
* Nobody's Son by Alberto Urrea (University of Arizona Press). A memoir by
a writer of fiction and nonfiction who grew up in San Diego, the product of
a Mexican father and Anglo mother.
* Psychology in Practice: Organisations by Hugh Coolican (Hodder &
Stoughton/Oxford University Press). A short, useful guide to basic
concepts and terminology in the field of organizational psychology,
including issues related to communications, leadership, motivation, and
quality of work life. Oddly, the book makes only a few minor references to
the effect of unionization on the topics it discusses.
* A Loyal Character Dancer and Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong
(Soho). Chinese murder mysteries with a dark view of bureaucracy and
corruption in the country the author left in 1989.
* Border Dogs by Karen Palmer (Soho). Airplane reading in the form of a
mystery novel that takes place along the U.S.-Mexico border.
* Evolve by Ani DiFranco (Righteous Babe Records). A wide range of styles
and mostly low-key experimentation.
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