Wobblies, Pile Butts, and Other Heroes

Wobblies, Pile Butts, and Other Heroes : LABORLORE EXPLORATIONS

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In this culmination of his half-century of involvement with American workers and their traditions, Archie Green explores occupational expression - stories, songs, customs, beliefs, artifacts - on the job and in institutions such as trade unions. Combining ethnographic description with analysis drawn from folklore, history, literary criticism, art history, linguistics, and philosophy, Green presents ten case studies in which he reflects on single words as social texts ("Wobbly, " "fink") and clustered words within anecdotes, tales, and ballads ("John Henry, " Homestead's strike songs, job yarns about cuckoldry and sexual impotence, and pile-driving traditions, for example). Drawing on Green's own experience as a shipwright and carpenter, the book will appeal both to workers curious about their history and traditions and to academicians who study the workforce and labor process.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 534 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 884.5g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252019636
  • 9780252019630

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In this culmination of his half-century of involvement with American workers and their traditions, Archie Green explores occupational expression - stories, songs, customs, beliefs, artifacts - on the job and in institutions such as trade unions. Combining ethnographic description with analysis drawn from folklore, history, literary criticism, art history, linguistics, and philosophy, Green presents ten case studies in which he reflects on single words as social texts ("Wobbly", "fink") and clustered words within anecdotes, tales, and ballads ("John Henry", Homestead's strike songs, job yarns about cuckoldry and sexual impotence, and pile-driving traditions, for example). Drawing on Green's own experience as a shipwright and carpenter, the book will appeal both to workers curious about their history and traditions and to academicians who study the workforce and labor process.show more

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"A grand compendium from America's master folklorist of labor. With a cornucopia of stories and insights, Green guides us into worlds of industrial workers that conventional forms of history have largely neglected. Here is a profoundly humane intelligence discovering the complex joys and pains of life on the job." -- Michael Kazin, author of Barons of Laborshow more

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