Category Archives: Research

Situations and Relations

Back in February, I gave a talk to the UCLA Digital Labor Working Group about my network analysis with the Labor Who’s Who data. You can see my slides here: I opened with the idea that “the labor movement” is … Continue reading

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Networked Labor Movement: I reach an impasse, and go around

This is the fourth a series of posts I am writing to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. About seven months ago, I was merrily chugging along on this series using the index of the … Continue reading

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Networked Labor Movement: Edges and Mediators

This is the third in a series of posts I am writing to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. My first post in this series off-handedly introduced the phrase “bipolar labor movement”–which I suppose is … Continue reading

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Networked Labor Movement–one step backward

This is the second in a series of posts I expect to write to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. Read the first post, and a backgrounder. As one of my correspondents said of my … Continue reading

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The Networked Labor Movement

This is the first in a series of posts I expect to write to help me think through the use of network analysis and visualization. When I started converting the printed American Labor Who’s Who to an electronic database, I … Continue reading

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Visual Culture of Workers’ Education

This week I had the opportunity to present my work-in-progress on the visual culture of workers’ education to a group of scholars at the Newberry Library. The great thing about a deadline is that it makes you write.  And the … Continue reading

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Transfixed by Distant Power

Workers gazing upward and into the distance was a key motif of sight in the art and photography of self-education. In this post, I follow this gaze to see what lies in the distance. Later I will move on to … Continue reading

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Iconography: From a Rank-and-File Wobbly

Continuing with my series on the iconography and visual culture of workers’ education, I turn now to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) monthly journal, Industrial Pioneer.  The journal was the successor to One Big Union Monthly, and was … Continue reading

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Upward and Into the Light

So, if you read the last post, you know I’m blogging my way through a rough draft of a chapter on the visual culture/iconography of working class self-education.  As with most popular political cartooning, those of labor and the left … Continue reading

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Iconography of Workers Education

One of my writing tasks this year is to draft a chapter on the iconography of the workers education movement. The basic questions are these: if everyone agreed with the aphorism that “Knowledge is Power,” what did powerful knowledge look … Continue reading

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Working Paper: UC Workers Education, 1921-62

At the end of World War II California created a new academic institution devoted to the study and influence of industrial relations. Along with similar initiatives in at least five other industrial states, the University of California’s Institute of Industrial … Continue reading

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Zotero over Delicious? Web 2.0 Fatigue.

I’ve been using the social bookmarking platform Delicious.com (formerly del.icio.us) for about 4 years.  I remember being very jazzed about it when I started, and enjoying the prospect of collective efforts to catalog the web (see the “Tagging the Labor … Continue reading

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