Titel: Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy
Autor/en: Cynthia Estlund
OXFORD UNIV PR
September 2005 - kartoniert - 256 Seiten
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 highly
structured 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, Estlund
suggests a novel and promising strategy for addressing the most profound challenges facing American society.
Cynthia Estlund is a Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she teaches employment, labor, and property law.
"Estlund's book, then, provides an additional- and powerful- justification for many of the legal changes sought by scholars of labor and employment law...And, drawing on a wide range of convincing empirical data and democratic theory, she makes a good case."--Regional Labor Review
"It is not easy piecing together statistical evidence, social science research, and political theory. Professor Estlund gracefully accomplishes this task.... Working Together is a thought-provoking and scholarly work.... its implications for improving inter-group communications and democracy should serve as a counter-argument in the ongoing debate about unintended results of modern worklife."--New York Law Journal
"In this creative and original work, legal scholar Cynthia Estlund brings the workplace to the debates on civic engagement and civic associationalism. Workplaces are, after all, associations of citizens or polity members. The overarching point here is that placed of employment play neglected roles in developing civic engagement and cooperation. Estlund's more specific goal is to show how law can aid or retard these rarely recognized contributions. She presents a richly textured, unflinching, and progressive analysis."--Work and Occupations
"Cynthia Estlund contributes to the literature on communal ties, civil life, and self-government by considering the broad political effects of relationships formed in the not-so-voluntary arena of the American workplace.... [She] presents a wide-ranging review of empirical studies of workplace regulation and workplace bonds.... [and] offers a wealth of hypotheses presented in a carefully explicated logic."--Perspectives on Politics
"Working Together is an original and important book. With eloquent prose, Cynthia Estlund convincingly develops the argument, based on a careful integration of empirical studies and social and political theory, that working together enhances inter-group relations in the long run. Indeed he