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Author Laverack, Paul Russell, author.
Title Nothing to lose but their chains / by Paul Russell Laverack.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  PN4788 .Z95 2012 L38eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 112 pages) + 2 video files.
Content Type text
two-dimensional moving image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
video file MP4
video file MOV
Note Video files contain a documentary film created by the author.
Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 102-112).
Summary Mainstream press coverage of labor unions is grossly distorted. It emphasizes conflict, obscures context, privileges the management perspective, addresses the audience as consumers rather than as citizens, and even includes outright falsehoods. This presents grave challenges to movements for workplace justice in the US. This study examines media performance on labor issues through the lens of political economy of the mass media. In seeking to understand the obscured linkage between labor unions and social justice, research also explores the relationship between unionization and income inequality. This exploration centers on a comparison of conditions in the US, a highly unequal nation, and those in Sweden, which is among the world's most equal countries. Unionization reduces income equality, which has a host of benefits for most citizens' quality of life. As literature on Sweden demonstrates - and interviews with Swedish labor figures confirm - unionization also relates positively to participation in democracy. While historical and present conditions in the two nations differ markedly, there may be Swedish examples worth emulating here; at present, US labor figures leave some dominant ideological frames unchallenged, thereby ceding the field to competing corporate interests.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 31, 2012).
Subject Labor unions -- Press coverage.
Equality -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Equality -- Economic aspects -- Sweden.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Journalism.
OCLC number 847541854