Debates about social cohesion reflect the unease ofcontemporary society as we face growing inequality and economicrestructuring. Solidarity First examines the concept andpractice of social cohesion from the perspective of its impact on, andsignificance for, workers.
Contributors examine the functioning of social cohesion at multiplelevels. Standard approaches are challenged by highlighting theexperiences of women and non-Canadians. Attempts to construct corporateforms of cohesion and community efforts to forge cohesion via the newcultural economy are investigated, while.the relationship betweencohesion in Canada and the international environment is examined byconsidering the international activity of Canadian civic actors, thefailure of Canada to live up to international labour obligations, andthe implications of International Labour Organization reforms forinformal sector workers.
Solidarity First concludes by arguing that reinvigoratedworker solidarity is a prerequisite to moving toward a moreworker-friendly form of social cohesion.
Robert O'Brien is the LIUNA-MancinelliProfessor in Global Labour Issues and chair of the Department ofPolitical Science at McMaster University. Contributors: Roy Adams, Holly Gibbs, BelindaLeach, Wayne Lewchuck, Mark Thomas, Larry Haiven, Leah Vosko, DonWells, and Charlotte Yates.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: Canadian Workers and Social Cohesion / RobertO'Brien Part 1: Conceptualizing Social Cohesion 2 Gendering the Concept of Social Cohesion through an Understandingof 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 MagnaModel / 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 Coaland Steel: The Case of Cape Breton Island / Larry Haiven Part 3: Internationalizing Social Cohesion 7 Civil Society Targets the International / RobertO'Brien 8 International Labour Norms and Worker Disorganization in Canada /Roy Adams 9 ILO Action on "The Scope of the EmploymentRelationship": Lessons from Canada on the Gendered Limits ofFostering Social Cohesion / Leah F. Vosko 10 Conclusion: Beyond Social Cohesion / RobertO'Brien Notes References List of Contributors Index