Labor Studies | Theories of the Labor Movement
L380 | 27828 | Duggan, Lynn
LSTU-L 380 Theories of the Labor Movement, Class Number 27828, 3 cr.
Class meets Thursday, 11:15 am-12:30 pm. What is the labor
movement? How and why did it develop? What are the goals of the
movement? Who makes up the “working class”? What is the role of
unions, and who should they be accountable to? Who decides which
questions are important? We will begin with theories of organized
labor as a revolutionary force within capitalism, then move to
theories of the labor movement as an institution of business
unionism, as an agent of social reform, as a psychological reaction
to industrialization, as a moral force, and as an inefficient and
unnecessary intervention. Throughout the course we will read and
discuss ways in which different assumptions regarding race, gender,
and the definition of “work” are embedded within theories of the
labor movement. Instructor: Lynn Duggan, DLS, IUB.