A living wage : American workers and the making of consumer society /

"A Living Wage," the rallying cry of union activists, is a concept with a revealing history, here documented by Lawrence B. Glickman. The labor movement's response to wages shows how American workers negotiated the transition from artisan to consumer, opening up new political possibil...

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Author / Creator:Glickman, Lawrence B., 1963-
Imprint:Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997.
Description:1 online resource (xvi, 220 pages) : illustrations
Language:English
Subject:Wages -- United States -- History.
Cost and standard of living -- United States -- History.
Working class -- United States -- History.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Salaires -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Coût et niveau de la vie -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Travailleurs -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Consommation (Économie politique) -- Aspect social -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Labor.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
HISTORY / United States / General
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects.
Cost and standard of living.
Wages.
Working class.
Arbeiter
Lohn
Konsumgesellschaft
Lohnpolitik
Lohnarbeit
Arbeidersbeweging.
Salarissen.
Consumptiemaatschappij.
Geschichte 1870-1997.
United States.
USA.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
History.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11308489
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ISBN:9781501702228
150170222X
0801433576
9780801433573
0801486149
9780801486142
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-213) and index.
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Summary:"A Living Wage," the rallying cry of union activists, is a concept with a revealing history, here documented by Lawrence B. Glickman. The labor movement's response to wages shows how American workers negotiated the transition from artisan to consumer, opening up new political possibilities for organized workers. At the same time, however, they created contradictions that continue to haunt the labor movement today. Nineteenth-century workers saw wages as dangerous, Glickman reveals, because workers hoped to become self-employed artisans rather than permanent employees.
In the decades after the Civil War, organized workers began to view wage labor differently. Redefining working-class identity in consumerist terms, unions demanded a wage that would reward workers commensurate with their needs as consumers. Glickman brings the story of the living wage up to the present, clearly demonstrating how a historical perspective on the concept of a living wage can inform our understanding of current controversies.
Other form:Print version: Glickman, Lawrence B., 1963- Living wage. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997 0801433576