Anthony Pratcher II, Brown University | Newberry

Anthony Pratcher II, Brown University

Joint Seminar with Labor History and History of Capitalism
Friday, November 30, 2018

3 to 5pm

History of Capitalism Seminar
Labor History Seminar

The Labor of Leisure: Civic Boosters, Labor Unions, and the Lifestyle Economics of Sunbelt Capitalism

After World War II, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona AFL-CIO simultaneously championed a “leisure lifestyle” as the foundation of the local political economy. Chamber elites sought to attract white-collar workers by promoting the benefits of a “leisure lifestyle” to corporate executives. In contrast, labor unions helped homebuilders make suburban living affordable for blue-collar workers through innovative building practices. The development of a leisure economy formed a foundation for the ascendency of the Arizona Republican Party by creating consensus between labor and management.

Respondents: Geraldo Cadava, Northwestern University and Josh Salzmann, Northeastern Illinois University

Cost and Registration Information 

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