Debates about social cohesion reflect the unease of
contemporary society as we face growing inequality and economic
restructuring. Solidarity First examines the concept and
practice of social cohesion from the perspective of its impact on, and
significance for, workers.
Contributors examine the functioning of social cohesion at multiple
levels. Standard approaches are challenged by highlighting the
experiences of women and non-Canadians. Attempts to construct corporate
forms of cohesion and community efforts to forge cohesion via the new
cultural economy are investigated, while.the relationship between
cohesion in Canada and the international environment is examined by
considering the international activity of Canadian civic actors, the
failure of Canada to live up to international labour obligations, and
the implications of International Labour Organization reforms for
informal sector workers.
Solidarity First concludes by arguing that reinvigorated
worker solidarity is a prerequisite to moving toward a more
worker-friendly form of social cohesion.
Robert O'Brien is the LIUNA-Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues and chair of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. Contributors: Roy Adams, Holly Gibbs, Belinda Leach, Wayne Lewchuck, Mark Thomas, Larry Haiven, Leah Vosko, Don Wells, and Charlotte Yates.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: Canadian Workers and Social Cohesion / Robert O'Brien Part 1: Conceptualizing Social Cohesion 2 Gendering the Concept of Social Cohesion through an Understanding of Women and Work / Belinda Leach and Charlotte Yates 3 Social Cohesion, International Competitiveness, and the "Other": A Connected Comparison of Workers' Relationships in Canada and Mexico / Holly Gibbs Part 2: Constructing Social Cohesion 4 Workplace Cohesion and the Fragmentation of Solidarity: The Magna Model / Wayne Lewchuk and Don Wells 5 Working Time and Labour Control in the Toyota Production System / Mark Thomas 6 Cultural Production and Social Cohesion amid the Decline of Coal and Steel: The Case of Cape Breton Island / Larry Haiven Part 3: Internationalizing Social Cohesion 7 Civil Society Targets the International / Robert O'Brien 8 International Labour Norms and Worker Disorganization in Canada / Roy Adams 9 ILO Action on "The Scope of the Employment Relationship": Lessons from Canada on the Gendered Limits of Fostering Social Cohesion / Leah F. Vosko 10 Conclusion: Beyond Social Cohesion / Robert O'Brien Notes References List of Contributors Index