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Cheap wage labour [electronic resource] : race and gender in the fisheries of British Columbia / Alicja Muszynski.

By: Muszynski, Alicja, 1949-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal, Qu�e. : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996Description: 1 online resource (x, 314 p.) : maps.ISBN: 0773513760; 9780773513761; 9780773565821 (electronic bk.); 0773565825 (electronic bk.).Other title: Race and gender in the fisheries of British Columbia.Subject(s): Labor theory of value -- British Columbia -- Case studies | Fishery processing industries -- British Columbia -- History | Fisheries -- British Columbia -- History | Th�eorie de la valeur-travail -- Colombie-Britannique -- Cas, �Etudes de | Produits de la p�eche -- Traitement -- Industrie -- Colombie-Britannique -- Histoire | P�eches -- Colombie-Britannique -- Histoire | Discrimination dans l'emploi -- Colombie-Britannique -- Cas, �Etudes de | Vrouwenarbeid | Visindustrie | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel ManagementGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cheap wage labour.DDC classification: 335.4/12 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: The Problematic -- 1. Marx's Labour Theory of Value: A Critique -- 2. Patriarchy and Capitalism -- 3. The First Nations, Property Rights, and Salmon Canning -- 4. The Dialectics of Cheap Wage Labour -- 5. Organized Resistance: The United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union -- 6. State, Labour, and Capital -- 7. Conclusion: Marx's Labour Theory of Value Reconsidered -- Appendix: J. H. Todd & Sons Ltd.
Summary: Using the fishing industry in British Columbia as a case study, Alicja Muszynski explores 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 low wages to particular groups.Summary: Cheap Wage Labour is the first analysis of shore work and shore-workers in British Columbia from the 1860s to the mid-1980s. Muszynski provides an interpretation of the events that led to the creation of a cheap wage labour force of shoreworkers, shows how they organized within the framework of the fishermen's union (the UFAWU), and explains how as a consequence their numbers steadily shrank 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 from working 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.Summary: Cheap Wage Labour situates the history of B.C. shoreworkers within the much larger and complex historical enterprise of industrialization, patriarchy, colonialism, and imperialism and provides keen insights into the current fisheries crisis on the West Coast.
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Introduction: The Problematic -- 1. Marx's Labour Theory of Value: A Critique -- 2. Patriarchy and Capitalism -- 3. The First Nations, Property Rights, and Salmon Canning -- 4. The Dialectics of Cheap Wage Labour -- 5. Organized Resistance: The United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union -- 6. State, Labour, and Capital -- 7. Conclusion: Marx's Labour Theory of Value Reconsidered -- Appendix: J. H. Todd & Sons Ltd.

Using the fishing industry in British Columbia as a case study, Alicja Muszynski explores 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 low wages to particular groups.

Cheap Wage Labour is the first analysis of shore work and shore-workers in British Columbia from the 1860s to the mid-1980s. Muszynski provides an interpretation of the events that led to the creation of a cheap wage labour force of shoreworkers, shows how they organized within the framework of the fishermen's union (the UFAWU), and explains how as a consequence their numbers steadily shrank 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 from working 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 complex historical enterprise of industrialization, patriarchy, colonialism, and imperialism and provides keen insights into the current fisheries crisis on the West Coast.

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