The Stratifying Trade Union

The Case of Ethnic and Gender Inequality in Palestine, 1920-1948

  • Shaul A. Duke

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About this book


This book examines a basic assumption behind most of the critical, progressive thinking of our times: that trade unions are necessarily tools for solidarity and are integral to a more equal and just society. Shaul A. Duke assesses the trade union's potential to promote equality in ethnically and racially diverse societies by offering an in-depth look into how unions operate; how power flows between union levels; where inequality originates; and the role of union members in union dynamics. By analyzing the trade union's effects on working-class inequality in Palestine during 1920-1948, this book shifts the conventional emphasis on worker-employer relations to that of worker-worker relations. It offers a conceptualization of how strong union members directed union policy from below in order to eliminate competition, often by excluding marginalized groups. The comparison of the union experiences of Palestinian-Arabs, Jewish-Yemeni immigrants, and Jewish women offers a fresh look into the labor history of Palestine and its social stratification.


diverse societies social mobility equality social stratification working-class inequality British Mandate Mandatory Palestine marginalized groups industrialization Arab workers Jewish workers Jewish women workers union operation exclusionary practices Trade unions

Authors and affiliations

  • Shaul A. Duke
    • 1
  1. 1.Ben-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65099-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65100-2
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