Synopses & Reviews
A wage is more than a simple fee in exchange for labor, argues Geoff Mann. It is also a political arena in which working people's identity, culture, and politics are negotiated and developed. Mann examines struggles over wages to reveal ways in which the wage becomes a critical component in the making of social hierarchies of race, gender, and citizenship. Taking three wage disputes in the natural resources industry as his case studies, Mann demonstrates that wage negotiation is not simply emblematic of economic conflict over the distribution of income but also represents critical contests in the cultural politics of identity under capitalism.
This remarkable work combines broad theoretical expertise and rich historical case studies.
David Roediger, University of Illinois
"Brilliantly argued and beautifully written."
Journal of Historical Geography
"Profoundly theoretical and compellingly argued . . . a work of stunning originality."
Labor Studies Journal
"Brilliant . . . An incisive and convincing argument that places struggles over the wage relationships right at the heart of the 'cultural politics of capitalism.'"
New Labor Forum
"Provocative and stimulating."
The Annals of Iowa
[A] book whose brilliance is enhanced by its accessible writing and attention to the everyday. . . . Our Daily Bread
should be adopted in courses across the disciplines. Highly recommended!
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Should prove of interest not only to economists, economic geographers, and labor historians, but also to those engaged in, for instance, cultural studies and political theory."
-Environment and Planning
About the Author
Geoff Mann is assistant professor of geography at Simon Fraser University.
Table of Contents
1 The Wage, Cultural Politics, and the West
2 Against Equilibrium: The Politics of Measure
3 What's a Penny Worth?: Wages, Prices, and the American Working Man
4 What's in a Day's Wage?: Raced Work and the Social Production of Skill
5 Who Is a Wage Worker?: Worker-Producers and the Wage-Price
6 The Wage and Workers' Interests
Conclusion: The Wage, Our Daily Bread