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Stephen Meyer charts the complex vagaries of men reinventing manhood in twentieth century America. Their ideas of masculinity destroyed by principles of mass production, workers created a white-dominated culture that defended its turf against other racial groups and revived a crude, hypersexualized treatment of women that went far beyond the shop floor. At the same time, they recast unionization battles as manly struggles against a system killing their very selves. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, Meyer recreates a social milieu in stunning detail--the mean labor and stolen pleasures, the battles on the street and in the soul, and a masculinity that expressed itself in violence and sexism but also as a wellspring of the fortitude necessary to maintain one's dignity while doing hard work in hard world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Forms and Meanings of Working-Class Manhood
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Lost Manhood: Mass Production and Auto-Worker Masculinity
  2. pp. 12-32
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  1. 2. Reclaiming Manhood: Shop Culture, Industrial Unionism, and the Derogation of Women, 1920s and 1930s
  2. pp. 33-57
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  1. 3. “Rats, Finks, and Stool Pigeons”: The Disreputable Manhood of Factory Spies in the 1920s and 1930s
  2. pp. 58-81
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  1. 4. Fighting to Provide: The Battle to Organize the Ford River Rouge Plant, 1930–1945
  2. pp. 82-111
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  1. 5. Fashioning Dense Masculine Space: Industrial Unionism and Altered Shop-Floor Relations, 1935–1960s
  2. pp. 112-140
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  1. 6. The Female “Invasion”: Women and the Male Workplace, 1940–1945
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. 7. The Challenge to White Manhood: Black Men and Women Move to White Male Jobs, 1940–1945
  2. pp. 165-191
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  1. Conclusion: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
  2. pp. 192-210
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-248
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 249
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  1. The Working Class in American History Series
  2. pp. 250-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252098253
Related ISBN
9780252040054
MARC Record
OCLC
945771867
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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