The Organization of Production and the Heterogeneity of the Working Class: Occupation, Gender and Ethnicity among Clothing Workers in Quebec

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The Organization of Production and the Heterogeneity of the Working Class: Occupation, Gender and Ethnicity among Clothing Workers in Quebec
Abstract
The author challenges the assumption of earlier Marxist literature that argued that industrialization was carried out on an increasingly large-scale, centralized basis since the mid-nineteenth century. Using a critical Marxist anthropology approach of industry and labour through an examination of the clothing industry and clothing workers in Quebec, he maintains that the clothing industry was decentralized in the province, especially in the 1930s, and clothing workers responded to the decentralization of production and intense competition of clothing manufacturers by organizing unions, but these unions tended to reinforce the occupational, gender and ethnic divisions within the labour force. The author describes the work-force organization within the Montreal industry in the 1930s that was divided between Jewish and French Canadians workers, and his first-hand experience working for nine months in 1983 at the Formfit company, a medium-sized clothing manufacturing company with a factory in Montreal and the Eastern Townships.
Type
PhD dissertation
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
1985
Language
en
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Teal, Gregory L. “The Organization of Production and the Heterogeneity of the Working Class: Occupation, Gender and Ethnicity among Clothing Workers in Quebec.” PhD dissertation, McGill University, 1985. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMM/TC-QMM-73994.pdf.
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