Nelson Lichtenstein is a distinguished professor in the Department of History at UC Santa Barbara, where he directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including Achieving Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy (2016); The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (2013); and The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business (2009, 2010). Lichtenstein has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the University of California, and from the Fulbright Commission and the Oregon Center for the Humanities. His reviews and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Dissent, New Labor Forum, American Prospect, and academic journals.
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If and when thousands of Wal-Mart hourly workers make it clear, to their store managers as well as the public, that collectively they want a more predictable work life, then Wal-Mart’s famed “culture” will indeed begin to change, and much for the better.
Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein sheds light on the new surge of Walmart protests.
Some Americans are resigned to the idea that the dominance of dead-end jobs is an inevitable fact of our economy. We believe it’s important to take a brief look back at the decline of the hourly career, and the bright spots in our past and recent history that offer hope for a turnaround in job standards.
Historian Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the impact of Wal-Mart on both the American and the global economy in his new book, The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.
As even a casual glance at the newspapers and television makes overwhelmingly clear, Wal-Mart is an inescapable touchstone for so many of the social, urban, labor, and global issues that confront 21st century Americans.
An interview with Nelson Lichtenstein.