A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, And The State In Saint-nazaire's Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910 by Leslie A. SchusterA Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, And The State In Saint-nazaire's Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910 by Leslie A. Schuster

A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, And The State In Saint-nazaire's Shipbuilding Industry, 1880…

byLeslie A. Schuster

Hardcover | December 1, 2002

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In this study of the life and work of Saint-Nazaire's shipbuilding workers in the 30 years before World War I, Schuster shows that the consequences of industrial production for workers differed sharply according to their resources and experiences. She details the competing identities and divergent values maintained by shipbuilding workers, demonstrating that they were fostered by the interaction between state programs, industrial production, and the traditions pursued in the local realm. Third Republic economic policies for shipbuilding promoted unemployment and worker dependence on state officials over union leaders, and the uneven application of capitalist methods of production meant multiple workplace experiences that further undercut association. A workforce composed of industrial workers and agricultural producers brought markedly different priorities to the workplace. Urban-dwelling industrial workers proved dependent on shipbuilding, while workers commuting from La Grande Briere, a nearby marshland, were property-owning producers, mostly peat-cutters, with traditions of self-government and a commanding community identity. They turned to ship production precisely to maintain rural settlement and agricultural production. These divergent values and responses to industrial work, in conjunction with multiple barriers to association, generated separate and even contrary labor concerns and protests.
Title:A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor, And The State In Saint-nazaire's Shipbuilding Industry, 1880…Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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?[p]resents a well-rounded and convincing explanation for why socialism and syndicalism never took root amoung the shipworkers of Saint-Nazaire in the years before World War I. In doing so, the book helps us better understand why the French labor movement as a whole had so few successes in this era. It contributes to our understanding of working class formation in France by illuminating the various factors that molded the economic circumstances and the sense of identity of French workers. It also provides valuable information on the business history of French shipbuilding, and it attempts to clarify the bewildering intricacies of French shipping subsidies. For all these reasons, students of the social and economic history of modern France will find Schuster's book a welcome addition to the scholarly literature.??American Historical Review