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Blood, Sweat, and Fear

Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-80

The paradigm shift in workplace violence during an era of change

Going postal. We hear the chilling phrase and think of the rogue employee who snaps. But Blood, Sweat, and Fear shows that on-the-job bloodshed never occurs in isolation. Using violence as a lens, Jeremy Milloy provides fresh insights into the everyday workings of capitalism, class conflict, race, and gender in the United States and Canada. The result is a study that reveals the workplace as a battleground--one that saw a late-century paradigm shift from the collective violence of strikes and riots to the individualized violence of assaults and shootings.

Explosive and original, Blood, Sweat, and Fear brings historical perspective to contemporary debates about North American workplace violence.


"A significant contribution to a labor history scholarship that provides insight into contemporary understandings of workplace violence. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Blood, Sweat, and Fear interrogates a fundamental, yet relatively unexplored, element of rough working-class masculine culture—violence. It is an outstanding piece of labor history, one that opens windows into the workers' worlds inside the Chrysler plants in Detroit and Windsor."--Steve Meyer, author of Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland

"Never before has workplace violence among autoworkers been theorized and articulated in the sophisticated and comprehensive fashion that is evident in this book. We need this research for any number of reasons, not the least of which is to situate the source of workplace violence where it belongs—within the labor process."--Robert Storey, McMaster University


Jeremy Milloy is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

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