Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront, 1919-1939 by Andrew ParnabyCitizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront, 1919-1939 by Andrew Parnaby

Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront, 1919-1939

byAndrew Parnaby

Paperback | May 24, 2008

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After the First World War, many Canadians were concerned with the possibility of national regeneration. Progressive-minded politicians, academics, church leaders, and social reformers turned increasingly to the state for solutions. Yet, as significant as the state was in articulating and instituting a new morality, outside actors such as employers were active in pursuing reform agendas as well, taking aim at the welfare of the family, citizen, and nation. Citizen Docker considers this trend, focusing on the Vancouver waterfront as a case in point.

After the war, waterfront employers embarked on an ambitious program - welfare capitalism - to ease industrial relations, increase the efficiency of the port, and, ultimately, recondition longshoremen themselves. Andrew Parnaby considers these reforms as a microcosm of the process of accommodation between labour and capital that affected Canadian society as a whole in the 1920s and 1930s. By creating a new sense of entitlement among waterfront workers, one that could not be satisfied by employers during the Great Depression, welfare capitalism played an important role in the cultural transformation that took place after the Second World War.

Encompassing labour and gender history, aboriginal studies, and the study of state formation, Citizen Docker examines the deep shift in the aspirations of working people, and the implications that shift had on Canadian society in the interwar years and beyond.

Andrew Parnaby is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Cape Breton University.
Title:Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront, 1919-1939Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.48 × 5.5 × 0.59 inPublished:May 24, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802093841

ISBN - 13:9780802093844

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Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘A Good Citizen Policy&
1 Welfare Capitalism on the Waterfront
2 Securing a Square Deal
3 ‘The Best Men That Ever Worked the Lumber&
4 Heavy Lifting
5 ‘From the Fury of Democracy, Good Lord, Deliver Us!&
Conclusion: From Square Deal to New Deal