Case studies capture the experiences, difficulties, and determination of immigrant workers
Newcomers in Workplace
Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U.S. Economy
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edited by Louise Lamphere, Alex Stepick and Guillermo Grenier
Conrad Arensberg Award, American Anthropological Association, 1994
Newcomers in the Workplace documents and dramatizes the changing face of the American workplace, transformed in the 1980s by immigrant workers in all sectors. This collection of excellent ethnographies captures the stench of meatpacking plants, the clatter of sewing machines, the sweat of construction sites, and the strain of management-employee relations in hotels and grocery stores as immigrant workers carve out crucial roles in a struggling economy.
Case studies focus on three geographical regionsPhiladelphia, Miami, and Garden City, Kansaswhere the active workforce includes increasing numbers of Cubans, Haitians, Koreans, Puerto Ricans, Laotians, Vietnamese, and other new immigrants. The portraits show these newcomers reaching across ethnic boundaries in their determination to retain individualism and to insure their economic survival.
"Through close analysis of the changing workplace in three U.S. communities, these informative academic essays chart the variety of work experience for new immigrants."
Part I: Garden City
Part III: Philadelphia
Louise Lamphere teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
Alex Stepick is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Florida International University.
Guillermo Grenier is Director of the Center for Labor Research and Studies, and Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University.
Contributors: Janet E. Benson, Michael Broadway, Sue Chaffee, Carole Cohen, Debbie Draznin, Ken C. Erickson, Judith Goode, Hafidh A. Hafidh, Aline LaBorwit, Steve Morris, Cynthia Carter Ninivaggi, Don Stull, and the editors.
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Labor and Social Change, edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni.
Labor and Social Change, edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni, includes books on workplace issues like worker participation, quality of work life, shorter hours, technological change, and productivity, as well as union and community organizing and ethnographies of particular occupations.