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Cheap Wage Labour: Race & Gender in the Fisheries of British Columbia

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Cheap Wage Labour is the first analysis of shore work and shoreworkers in British Columbia from the 1860s to the mid-1980s. Muszynski provides an interpretation of events that led to the creation of a cheap wage labour force of shoreworkers, their organization within the framework of the fishermen's union (UFAWU), and, as a consequence, the steady decline of their numbers until today they represent only a small portion of the labour force. She looks at factors contributing to the destruction of First Nations culture and economy, such as the displacement of aboriginal peoples from key fishing sites and work in the salmon canneries, and examines the structure and patterns of Chinese and Japanese immigration and the development of the capitalist class and the white working class. Cheap Wage Labour situates the history of B.C. shoreworkers within the much larger and more complex historical enterprise of industrialization, patriarchy, and colonialism and provides keen insights into the current fisheries crisis on the West Coast.

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Muszynski (sociology, U. of Waterloo, Canada) analyzes the shore work and workers in Canada's Pacific fisheries from the 1860s to the middle 1980s. She looks at the displacement of native people from key fishing sites and from salmon canneries, the place of shore workers in the fishermen's union, the impact of immigration from China and Japan, and the steady decline of the numbers. Includes several maps. Canadian card order number: C96-900103-7.
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Synopsis:

Using the fishing industry in British Columbia as a case study, Alicja Muszynski examines how Marx's labour theory of value can be applied to a specific industry and the creation of a specific labour force. She reworks Marx's theory in order to incorporate race and gender as principles that not only created a proletarianized labour force but also legitimized the payment of cheap wages to particular groups.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-300) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780773513761
Author:
Muszynska, Alicja
Publisher:
McGill-Queen's University Press
Author:
Muszynski, Alicja
Location:
Montreal ;
Subject:
Fisheries
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Wages
Subject:
Labor theory of value.
Subject:
Fisheries -- British Columbia -- History.
Subject:
Fishery processing industries.
Subject:
Fishery processing industries -- British Columbia -- History.
Subject:
Labor theory of value -- British Columbia.
Subject:
Women fish trade workers
Subject:
Wages -- Fish trade -- British Columbia.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
2972
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
328

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies

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Using the fishing industry in British Columbia as a case study, Alicja Muszynski examines how Marx's labour theory of value can be applied to a specific industry and the creation of a specific labour force. She reworks Marx's theory in order to incorporate race and gender as principles that not only created a proletarianized labour force but also legitimized the payment of cheap wages to particular groups.
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