work on alliances between labour and environmental groups. I am working on a PhD in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Simon Fraser University which focuses on coalitions between environmentalists and forest workers in British Columbia.
James O'Connor has written about the contradictions of late capitalism which create the possibility of an alliance between environmentalists and labour. Most of his recent work has appeared in the journal Capitalism, Nature, and Socialism. John Bellamy Foster has written about the "limits of environmentalism without class." MOst of his work has been published in CNS or Monthly Review. Foster also recently published a book: The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment
I hope this information is useful.
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Make sure you look at the United Steel Workers.
For a possible panel at the ASEH meeting in Baltimore, I am interested in scholars who have done work on Abel Wolman or some aspect of his career.
Robert Gordon asked about labour-environment coalitions. Australia had an interesting 'Green Bans' movement by the radical Building Workers Union that stopped some developments in Sydney in the 1970s.
Very substantial theoretical work and oral history studies by Ian Watson has shown why any coalitions fall apart. His 1986 PhD thesis in the Australian National University is titled "Class analysis and environmental politics: timber workers and conservationsists in Northern New South Wales 1960-1986". He followed this with a book "Fighting over the forests" 1990, sydney:Allen & Unwin. The book is very readable.
The essential point in Watson's work is that people structure their values on the basis of their life experience which is largely formed by their work and how they earn their means of subsistence. He brings out very clearly that the two groups he studied had fundamentally different moral and ethical positions.
if you are especially interested in the 1970s you might find valuable information in Richard Kazis & Richard L. Grossman "FEAR AT WORK: Job Blackmail, Labor and the Environment".
From: "KATHLEEN PAGAN" KATHLEEN@VIVALDI.emu.edu.tr
Organization: Eastern Mediterranean University
Date sent: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 15:42:16 EET +0200
Subject: Re: Labor and the Environment
March 4, 1996
RE Labor and the Environment
The Federal Department of Labor was one of the agencies which administered the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps. Organized labor had opposed the original legislation but the FDR administration was successful in implementing the program which eventually would employ 3 million persons to work in conservation.
The National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni is working to create a new CCC type program. The national headquarters of the organization is in St. Louis.
Kathleen Walston Pagan, AICP
Eastern Mediterranean University
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