Working-Class and Labor Geography

Compiled by Don Mitchell, Syracuse University

For the most part this bibliography is limited to literature on North America and Britain. This is a function of my own knowledge. Contributions concerning the geography of work, working people and capital concerning other parts of the world are welcome.

(Thanks to Theodore J. Hull of the National Archives, who kindly sent me a bibliography he compiled on the geography of plant closings.)

 This bibliography is divided into the following sections:

On Labor and Labor Unions

Clark, Gordon, Unions and Communities Under Siege: American Communities and the Crisis of Organized Labor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Charlesworth, A, D. Gilbert, A. Randall, H. Southall, C. Wrigley, An Atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain, 1750-1990. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Clark, Gordon, "Restructuring the US Economy: The NLRB, the Saturn Project and Economic Justice," Economic Geography 62 (1986), 289-306.

Cooke, Phil, "Class Practices as Regional Markers: A Contribution to Labour Geography," in D. Gregory and J. Urry (eds.), Social Relation and Spatial Structures (New York: St. Martin's, 1985), 213-241.

Cravey, Altha J., "Latino Labor and Poultry Production in Rural North Carolina," Southeastern Geographer 37 (2) (1997), 295-300.

Earle, Carville, Geographical Inquiry and American Historical Problems. Sanford: Stanford University Press [several of Earle's essays directly concern labor and labor unions].

Griffiths, M. J. and R. J. Johnston, "What's in a Place: An Approach to the Concept of Place as Illustrated by the British National Union of Mineworkers'Strike, 1984-85," Antipode 23 (1991), 185-213.

Herod, Andrew (ed), Organizing the Landscape: Geographical Perspectives on Labor Unionism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Herod, Andrew, "Discourse on the Docks: Containerization and Inter-Union Work Disputes in US Ports, 1955-1985." Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, New Series 23.2 (1998), 177-191.

Herod, Andrew, "Reinterpreting Organized Labor's Experience in the Southeast: 1947 to Present." Southeastern Geographer 37.2 (1998), 214-237. [Special issue on "The Changing South, 1947-1997."]

Herod, Andrew, "Labor's Spatial Praxis and the Geography of Contract Bargaining in the U.S. East Coast Longshore Industry, 1953-89." Political Geography 16.2 (1997), 145-169. [Special issue on "The Political Geography of Scale."]

Herod, Andrew, "The Practice of International Labor Solidarity and the Geography of the Global Economy." Economic Geography 71.4 (1994), 341-363.

Herod, Andrew, "Further Reflections on Organized Labor and Deindustrialization in the United States." Antipode 26.1 (1994), 77-95.

Herod, Andrew, "Local Political Practice in Response to a Manufacturing Plant Closure: How Geography Complicates Class Analysis." Antipode 23.4 (1991), 385-402.

Herod, Andrew, "From Rag Trade to Real Estate in New York's Garment Center: Remaking the Labor Landscape in a Global City." Urban Geography 12.4 (1991), 324-338.

Herod, Andrew, "The Production of Scale in United States Labour Relations." Area 23 (1991), 82-88.

Holmes, J. and A. Rusonik, "The Break-up of an International Labour Union: Uneven Development in the North American Auto Industry and the Schism in the UAW," Environment and Planning A 23 (1991), 9-35.

Martin, Ron, Peter Sunley, and Jane Wills, Union Retreat & the Regions: The Shrinking Landscape of Organised Labour, Bristol: Taylor and Francis, 1996.

Martin, Ron, Peter Sunley, and Jane Wills, "The Geography of Trade Union Decline: Spatial Dispersion or Regional Resilience?" Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 18 (1993), 36-62

Martin, Ron, Peter Sunley, and Jane Wills, "Labouring Differences: Method, Measurement and Purpose in Geographical Research on Trade Unions," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 19 (1994), 102-110.

Massey, Doreen, "The Geography of Trade Unions: Some Issues," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 19 (1994), 95-98.

Massey, Doreen and N. Miles, "Mapping Out the Unions," Marxism Today 28 (5) (1984), 19-22.

Painter, Joe, "Trade Union Geography: Alternative Frameworks for Analysis," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 19 (1994), pages unknown.

Southall, H., "Towards a Geography of Unionization: The Spatial Organization and Distribution of Early British Trade Unions," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 13 (1988), 466-483.

Sunley, Peter, "Striking Parallels: A Comparison of the 1926 and 1984-85 Coalmining Disputes," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 8 (1990), 35-52.

Wills, Jane, "Geographies of Trade Unionism: Translating Traditions Across Space and Time," Antipode 28 (1996), 352-378.

Wills, Jane, "Uneven Reserves: Geographies of Banking Trade Unionism," Regional Studies 30 (1996), 359-72.


On the Geography of Capital and Labor

Bennett, Sari, and Earle Carville, The Geography of American Labor and Industrialization, 1865-1908: An Atlas. Cantonsville, MD: Department of Geography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Cox, Kevin (ed.) Spaces of Globalization: Reasserting the Power of the Local. New York: Guilford, 1997.

Crump, Jeff and Christopher Merrett, "Scales of Struggle: Economic Restructuring in the US Midwest," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88 (1998), 496-

Gibson-Graham, J. K., The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.

Harvey, David, Justice, Nature, and the Politics of Difference. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.

Harvey, David, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into Cultural Change. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.

Harvey, David, The Limits to Capital. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Herod, Andrew, "Of Blocs, Flows and Networks: The End of the Cold War, Cyberspace, and the Geo-Economics of Organized Labor at the Fin de Millénaire." In Andrew Herod, Gearóid Ó Tuathail, and Susan Roberts (eds.) An Unruly World? Globalization, Governance and Geography, pp. 162-195. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

Herod, Andrew: "From a Geography of Labor to a Labor Geography: Labor's Spatial Fix and the Geography of Capitalism." Antipode 29.1, 1-31. [To be reprinted in Bryson, J., N. Henry, D. Keeble, and R. Martin (eds.) (2000) The Economic Geography Reader: Producing and Consuming Global Capitalism. John Wiley and Sons: Chichester.]

Lee, Roger and Jane Wills (eds.) Geographies of Economies. 186-196. London: Edward Arnold, 1997.

Markussen, Ann. Regions: The Economics and Politics of Territory. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1987.

Markussen, Ann, Profit Cycles, Oligopoly, and Regional Development. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985

Martin, Ron and Rob Rowthorn (eds.), The Geography of De-Industrialization, London: Macmillan, 1986.

Massey, Doreen, Spatial Divisions of Labour. London: Macmillan, 1984.

Peck, Jamie, Work-Place: The Social Regulation of Labor Markets, New York: Guilford, 1996.

Scott, Allen and Michael Storper (eds.), Production, Work, and Territory. Boston: Allen and Unwin, 1986.

Smith, Neil, Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space. Oxford: Blackwell, 1990, 2nd ed.

Storper, Michael and Richard Walker, The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology and Industrial Growth. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989.

Walker, Richard and Andrew Sayer, The New Social Economy: Reworking the Division of Labor. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.

Watts, H.D. The Branch Plant Economy: A Study of External Control. London: Longman, 1981.


On Work and Identity

Cravey, Altha J., Women and Work in Mexico's Maquiladoras. Boulder: Colo.: Rowman and Littlefield Inc., 1998.

Harris, Richard, and A. Victoria Bloomfield. The Impact of Industrial Decentralization on the Gendered Journey to Work. Economic Geography 73 (1997): 94-117

Leslie, Deborah and David Butz. "'GM Suicide': Flexibility, Space and the Injured Body." Economic Geography 74 (forthcoming October 1998).

Hanson, Susan and Geraldine Pratt, Gender, Work and Space. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Knowles, Anne Kelley, Calvanists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Moss, P, and I. Dyck, Inquiry into Environment and Body: Women, Work, and Chronic Illness, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 14 (1996), 737-753

Oberhauser, Ann, "Towards a Gendered Regional Geography: Women and Work in Rural" Appalachia, Growth and Change 26 (1995), 217-

Schreuder, Yda, "The Impact of Labor Segmentation on the Ethnic Division of Labor and the Immigrant Community: Polish Leather Workers in Wilmington, Delaware, in the Early-Twentieth Century," Journal of Historical Geography 16 (1990), 402-424.

Wright, Melissa, "Crossing the Factory Frontier: Gender, Place and power in the Mexican Maquiladora, Antipode 29 (1997), 278-302.


On Working-Class Housing, Community, and Culture

Cravey, Altha J. "The Politics of Reproduction: Households in the Mexican Industrial Transition." Economic Geography 73(2) (1997), 166-86.

Harvey, David, "Labor, Capital and Class Struggle Around the Built Environment in Advanced Capitalist Societies," in Cox, K. (ed.), Urbanization and Conflict in Market Societies, Chicago: Maaroufa, 1978, 9-37.

Harris, Richard. 1996. Unplanned Suburbs. Toronto's American Tragedy, 1900-1950. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Harris, Richard. 1991. "A Working-Class Suburb for Immigrants, Toronto, 1909-1931." Geographical Review 81 (1991): 318-332.

Harris, Richard. 1990. "Working Class Home Ownership in the American Metropolis." Journal of Urban History 17 (1990): 46-69.

Harris, Richard. 1984. "Residential Segregation and Class Formation in the Capitalist City. A Review and Directions for Research." Progress in Human Geography 8 (1984): 26-49.

Harris, Richard and Matthew P. Sendbuehler. "The Making of a Working-Class Suburb in Hamilton's East End, 1900-1945." Journal of Urban History 20 (1994), 486-511

Herod, Andrew, "Homework and the Fragmentation of Space: Challenges for the Labor Movement." Geoforum 22.2 (1991), 173-183. [Special issue on "Changing Gender Relations in Urban Space."]

Jonas, Andrew, "Labor and Community in the Deindustrialization of Urban America," Journal of Urban Affairs 17 (1995), 183-199.

Kane, K. D. and T. L. Bell, "Suburbs for a Labor Elite," Geographical Review 75 (1985), 319-334.

Linkon, Sherry Lee and John Russo.  Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown.  University Press of Kansas, 2002.

Mitchell, Don, "Public Housing in Single-Industry Towns: Changing Landscapes of Paternalism," in Duncan, J. and Ley, D. (eds.), Place/Culture/Representation, London: Routledge, 1993, 110-127.

Mosher, Anne, "'Something Better than the Best': Industrial Restructuring, George McMurtry and the Creation of the Model Industrial Town of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, 1883-1901", Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 85 (1995), 84-107.

Mosher, Anne, and Deryck Holdsworth, "The Meaning of Alley Housing in Industrial Communities: Examples from late-Nineteenth and early-Twentieth Century Pennsylvania", Journal of Historical Geography, 18, 1992: 174-189

Smith, Neil, The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Ward, David, Poverty, Ethnicity and the American City, 1840-1925. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ward, David, Cities and Immigrants: A Geography of Change in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972.

On Landscapes, Spaces, and Places of Labor and the Working Classes

Blomley, Nicholas, Law, Space and the Geographies of Power. New York: Guilford, 1994.

Crump, Jeff, "What Cannot be Seen will not be Heard: The Production of Landscape in Moline, Illinois," Ecumene, Forthcoming.

Davis, Mike, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. London: Verso, 1990.

Henderson, George, California and the Fictions of Capital. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Mitchell, Don, The Lie of the Land: Migrant Workers and the California Landscape. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Mitchell, Don, "Political Violence, Order, and the Legal Construction of Public Space: Power and the Public Forum Doctrine," Urban Geography 17 (1996), 152-178.

Mitchell, Don, "Heritage, Landscape and the Production of Community: Consensus History and Its Alternatives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania History 59 (1992), 198-226.

Robinson, F and D. Sadler, "Routine Action, Reproduction of Social Relations, and the Place Market: Consett After the Closure," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 3 (1985), 109-120.

Stewart, Mart, 'What Nature Suffers to Groe': Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996

Walker, Richard, "Another Round of Globalization in San Francisco," Urban Geography 17 (1996), 60-94.

Walker, Richard, "Landscape and City Life: Four Ecologies of Residence in the San Francisco Bay Area," Ecumene 2 (1995), 33-64.

  Zukin, Sharon, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.


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