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Author Agnoletto, Stefano, 1965- author

Title The Italians who built Toronto : Italian workers and contractors in the city's housebuilding industry, 1950-1980 / Stefano Agnoletto
Published Oxford : Peter Lang, [2014]

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Description xvii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Trade unions past, present and future, 1662-7784 ; v. 23
Trade unions past, present and future ; v. 23. 1662-7784
Contents Machine-generated contents note: ch. 1 Introduction -- 1.1. 'If One Were to Write a Labour and Business History of Post-war Italian Toronto' -- 1.2. Research hypotheses -- 1.3. Sources, methodology and structure -- ch. 2 Post-World War II Toronto: a favourable yet contradictory setting for Italian newcomers -- 2.1. Toronto 'the Good' -- 2.2. Social changes, demographic trends, economic prosperity and governance strategies in post-WWII Toronto -- 2.3. Building the 'vertical mosaic' of the multicultural Canada -- 2.4. The ethnic mosaic of post-WWII multicultural Toronto -- 2.5. Appendix -- ch. 3 The Italian Community -- 3.1. The origins of the community before WWII: from a community of male sojourners to a permanent settlement -- 3.2. The 'Italian invasion' of post-WWII Toronto: the 'ordering in bulk' system and migration chains -- 3.3. From peasants to urban wage earners in ethnic niches -- 3.4. Appendix -- ch. 4 Italians in Toronto: a successful history? -- 4.1. Becoming Italians in Toronto: networking, class and gender -- 4.1. 'Italians help Italians': the Canadian welfare state, the communitarian welfare system, and political militancy -- 4.3. From downtown to the suburbs -- ch. 5 The Italian niche: the 'jungle' of the construction industry -- 5.1. 'You know, Italians build houses'. Opportunities and barriers at the beginning of the Italian niche -- 5.2. Exploited workers and Italian contractors in the 'jungle' of an ethnic-capitalist labour market -- 5.3. 'A shovel, a truck, two or three paesani'. Artisans, workers or entrepreneurs? Italian contractors and employers -- 5.4. A glocal interpretation of the origins of an economic ethnic niche -- 5.5. Appendix -- ch. 6 Sciopero! The processes of unionization and the 1960-1961 strikes -- 6.1. Challenging the exploitation: attempts at unionization in the 1950s -- 6.2. Italian workers organize themselves: the Brandon Union Group -- 6.3. 'Canadian wages, Canadian hours!' The turning point of the 1960 strike -- 6.4. The 1961 strike and the Goldenberg Commission -- ch. 7 The 'Italian way'. Unionization and class conflicts in the 1960s and the 1970s -- 7.1. The end of the Brandon Union Group and the 'normalization' of Italian unionism (1962-1963) -- 7.2. The Industrial Standards Act campaign (1963): a new union strategy -- 7.3. The 'concrete forming campaign' and the 'union wars' (1965-1973) -- 7.4. Portraits of industrial relations in an ethnic niche -- ch. 8 Structure vs identity? An overview of the literature and theoretical frameworks -- 8.1. Urban market economies and immigrants in North America: the key issues -- 8.2. Culture vs economics? The origins of economic ethnic niches -- 8.3. Migrant workers and unionization -- 8.4. Ethnicity, class and 'niching'. An interpretative hypothesis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-354) and index
Subject Italians -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History -- 20th century.
Italians -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Construction workers -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History -- 20th century.
Construction industry -- History -- Ontario -- Toronto -- 20th century
Toronto (Ont.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Toronto (Ont.) -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2014937231
ISBN 9783034317733 (paperback)
3034317735 (paperback)
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