Craig Heron is one of Canada's leading labour historians. Drawing together fifteen of Heron's new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues, including politics, culture, gender, wage-earning, and union organization. A timely contribution to the evolving field of labour studies in Canada, this cohesive collection of essays analyzes the daily experiences of people working across Canada over more than two hundred years.
Honest in its depictions of the historical complexities of daily life, Working Lives raises issues in the writing of Canadian working-class history, especially "working-class realism" and how it is eventually inscribed into Canada's public history. Thoughtfully reflecting on the ways in which workers interact with the past, Heron discusses the important role historians and museums play in remembering the adversity and milestones experienced by Canada's working class.
Craig Heron is a professor in the Department of History at York University and author of Working Steel: The Early Years in Canada, 1883-1935, also published by University of Toronto Press.
Part One: On the Job 1. On the Job in Canada 2. Ontario's First Factory Workers 3. Work and Struggle in the Canadian Steel Industry, 1900-50 Part Two: Workers' Cultures 4. Arguing about Idleness 5. Labour and Liquor 6. Into the Streets Part Three: Getting Organized 7. Labourism and the Working Class 8. The Great War, the State, and Working-Class Canada 9. Contours of a Workers' Revolt Part Four: A Gendered World 10. Working Girls 11. Boys Will Be Boys 12. Male Wage-Earners and the Canadian State Part Five: Doing History 13. Workers in the Camera's Eye 14. The Labour Historian and Public History 15. The Relevance of Class