Semester Hours:3Once a Year
This course examines life as it has been lived inside factories, corporations, and other work places, within communities, during leisure time, and in families and homes from the middle of the 18th century to the present. The primary focus is on the United States, but within an international context. Special attention will be paid to the processes by which working classes are created cross-culturally; the way in which gender categories are structured; the role of race and ethnicity; the recent global restructuring of industry and work; and unionization. We will also be interested in literary, theoretical and political views of work and labor.