Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy

Paperback | September 30, 2005

byCynthia Estlund

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At a time when communal ties in American society are increasingly frayed and segregation persists, the workplace is more than ever the site where Americans from different ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds meet and forge serviceable and sometimes lasting bonds. What do these highlystructured workplace relationships mean for a society still divided by gender and race? The involuntariness of workplace interactions--prescribed by both external law and internal constraints--helps ensure that the often-troubled and often-failed project of racial integration succeeds at work.People can be forced to get along--not without friction, but with surprising success. This highly original exploration of the paradoxical nature--and the paramount importance--of workplace bonds concludes with concrete suggestions for how law can further realize the democratic possibilities of working together. In linking workplace integration and connectedness beyond work, Estlundsuggests a novel and promising strategy for addressing the most profound challenges facing American society.

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At a time when communal ties in American society are increasingly frayed and segregation persists, the workplace is more than ever the site where Americans from different ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds meet and forge serviceable and sometimes lasting bonds. What do these highlystructured workplace relationships mean for a s...

Cynthia Estlund is Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she teaches employment, labor, and property law.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.59 × 8.82 × 0.59 inPublished:September 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158296

ISBN - 13:9780195158298

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Working TogetherPart I. Connectedness and Diversity in the Contemporary Workplace2. Connectedness in the Workplace, A Sketch3. From "the Workplace" to Workplaces: Variety and Change in the Organization of Work4. Working Together Across Racial Lines: How Much Does It Happen and What Difference Does It Make?5. Men and Women Working Together: Workplace Interaction Across Gender Lines (and Some Other Lines of Division)Part II. How Workplace Bonds Enrich Democratic Life6. Situating the Workplace in Civil Society: Social Integration, Social Capital, and Deliberation at Work7. Compulsion, Connectedness, and the Constitution of the WorkplacePart III. Building Better Workplace Bonds: Preliminary Thoughts on What Law Can Do8. Refining the "Equal Protection Clause" of the Workplace9. Protecting Collective Voice and Promoting Cooperation in the Workplace10. ConclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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"...arguing that one of our most undemocratic institutions, the workplace, contains the seeds to streghten our democracy...drawing on a wide range of convinving empirical data and democratic theory...Estlund's book, then, provides an additional--and powerful--justification for many of thelegal changes sought by scholars of labor and employment law. We learn that such changes will not only help disadvantaged workers, but will also improve social connections upon which civil society, and democracy, depend."--Grant Hayden