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Preface. PART I - THE SCIENCE: WHAT WE LEARNED. Taking it on the Road. What a Union Looks Like. Being a Union Rep. The Anthropology of It. Disasters. Ritual - Here, There and Everywhere. Getting a Raise, The Boss Over a Barrel - Workers Boycott. That'll Teach You: Cognition and practice. What Does Change People's Minds. PART II - THE STORIES: WHAT WE WENT THROUGH TO LEARN IT. Sifting Through the Remains. Translating Anthropology - The Proposal. Riding with Tiny. An Early-Morning Freeway Maniac. Facing the Glacier. Boredom. We Smell a Rat. The Study Explodes. Report to the Local - From the Front of the Room. Report to the Local - From the Back of the Room. The Aftermath. An Old Song. Epilogue: What Class Struggle? Appendix: Report to the Local. References.

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E. Paul Durrenberger was Professor of Anthropology for twenty-five years at the University of Iowa before moving to Penn State. He has published many influential articles and books. Suzan Erem is a freelance writer for unions and author of Labor Pains: Inside America's New Union Movement (Monthly Review Press 2001). They are coauthors of Class Acts: An Anthropology of Service Workers and Their Union (Paradigm 2005).

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