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Forced Choices
Class, Community, and Worker Ownership
Forced Choices
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Charles S. Varano - Author
SUNY series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations
Price: $74.50 
Hardcover - 396 pages
Release Date: May 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4181-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4181-7

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Paperback - 396 pages
Release Date: May 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4182-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4182-4

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2000 Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Assocation

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book


Examines the celebrated case of Weirton, West Virginia where steelworkers and area residents fought to save a steelmill, community, and way of life.

What happens to employees when their company decides to close? Thousands of workers across America have faced this prospect in the past twenty years, but relatively few have chosen to buy the company and operate it as a worker-owned concern. Forced Choices examines the celebrated case of Weirton, West Virginia where steelworkers and area residents fought to save a steelmill, community, and way of life.

"This book is clearly going to be a sourcebook for those interested in the conditions that affect employer-worker relations, employee ownership, and the current trends in American industry. It captures the flavor of the struggles of workers and is likely to be a classic in the same sense that Alvin Gouldner's Wildcat Strike has been for well over forty years." -- A. Gary Dworkin, University of Houston

"Forced Choices
is a great read; a clearly written, engaging story! For those interested in worker ownership, local economic development, the history of company towns, the steel industry, unions or industrial democracy, this is fascinating material." -- Robert N. Stern, Industrial and Labor Relations-Cornell University

"This book makes a very important contribution to understanding the dynamics behind the rhetoric of employee ownership." -- Teresa Ankney, Hood College

Charles S. Varano is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Sacramento.


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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Introduction

Weirton: The Place and Its People
An Ethnography of Class, Community, and Worker Ownership

1. Worker Ownership and Class in America

Worker Ownership
Employee Participation
Paternalism and Class
Class and Class Consciousness
Outline of Chapters

PART II. HISTORICAL ANTECEDENTS

2. Forced Choices I: Company Town

The Antecedents of Paternalism: 1909-1933
The Challenge: 1933-1951
Quiescence: 1951-1982

3. Forced Choices II: "Buy It or Lose It"

One Side of Paternalism's Legacy
Divided Loyalties
"Business is Business, Morals is Morals"
The Limits of Dissent
The Final Deal

PART III. WORKERS BY DAY

4. Forced Choices III: Employee Participation

Participation by Decree
The Structure of Employee Participation
Ideology and Employee Participation
Summary

5. A Fragile Trust: The Normative Order of Employee Participation

Facilitators as Industrial Therapists
Workers and Employee Participation
Internal Communications: Public Relations at Work

PART IV. OWNERS BY NIGHT

6. Class and Worker Ownership

Worker Ownership and the "Equity solution"
Owners by Night ...
...Workers at Heart

7. The Moral Economy of Worker Ownership

The Value of Labor
Property Rights
Community, Nepotism, and Local Control
Summary

8. The Struggle for Control

A Changing of the Guard
Confrontation
Two Years Later: The Struggle Continues

9. Conclusion

The Lessons of Worker Ownership and Participation at Weirton Steel
Class, Community, and Worker Ownership

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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