Laboring for Justice: The Fight Against Wage Theft in an American City (Paperback)

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Laboring for Justice: The Fight Against Wage Theft in an American City (Paperback)


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Laboring for Justice highlights the experiences of day laborers and advocates in the struggle against wage theft in Denver, Colorado.

Drawing on more than seven years of research that earned special recognition for its community engagement, this book analyzes the widespread problem of wage theft and its disproportionate impact on low-wage immigrant workers. Rebecca Galemba focuses on the plight of day laborers in Denver, Colorado--a quintessential purple state that has swung between some of the harshest and more welcoming policies around immigrant and labor rights. With collaborators and community partners, Galemba reveals how labor abuses like wage theft persist, and how advocates, attorneys, and workers struggle to redress and prevent those abuses using proactive policy, legal challenges, and direct action tactics. As more and more industries move away from secure, permanent employment and towards casualized labor practices, this book shines a light on wage theft as symptomatic of larger, systemic issues throughout the U.S. economy, and illustrates how workers can deploy effective strategies to endure and improve their position in the world amidst precarity through everyday forms of convivencia and resistance.

Applying a public anthropology approach that integrates the experiences of community partners, students, policy makers, and activists in the production of research, this book uses the pressing issue of wage theft to offer a methodologically rigorous, community-engaged, and pedagogically innovative approach to the study of immigration, labor, inequality, and social justice.

Rebecca Berke Galemba is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She received the 2022 Setha M. Low Engaged Anthropology Award from the American Anthropological Association for the Just Wages Project, focused on wage theft research and labor justice advocacy. She is the author of Contraband Corridor: Making a Living at the Mexico-Guatemala Border (Stanford, 2017).
Product Details ISBN: 9781503635203
ISBN-10: 1503635201
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Pages: 328
Language: English