Youth and absurdity

A review of Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organised System, by Paul Goodman (New York: Random House $4.50; London: Victor Gollancz 21s., 1961).

Communitas revisited

Goodman sketch of Manhattan

A review of Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life by Paul and Percival Goodman (University of Chicago Press, 1947). (New revised edition: New York, Vintage Books, 1960, $1.25, London, Mayflower Books, 10s.).

Invergordon mutineer by Len Wincott review - Joe Jacobs

Invergordon mutineer book

Joe Jacobs of Solidarity reviews a book written by a leading Invergordon mutineer about the strike in 1931.

Black Flag 235 (2012)

With workfare in the news at the time, this issue focused on the CWU union's enthusiastic support for its use in Royal Mail, alongside articles on the economy, Scottish Independence and the potential consequences of the collapse of the BNP.

For the centre spread, Tom L offered a a slightly different tack on the union question, looking at it from the ruling class point of view, while in history Jack Ray and Iain McKay looked at the 1934 Asturian miners' strike and the Pentonville Five campaign respectively.

Lines of Work: Stories of Jobs and Resistance (review)

By Scott Nikolas Nappalos, ed. (Alberta, Canada: Black Cat Press, 2013). Review by Jared Davidson, first published in LHP Bulletin 64.

'The rebellion of the hanged': B. Traven's anti-fascist novel of the Mexican revolution - Kenneth Payne

Kenneth Payne's analysis of B.Traven's novel The Rebellion of the Hanged.

Books for a renewed American workers movement, 1 of 3: "The Blue Eagle at Work"

A review by Life Long Wobbly of The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace.

The headscarf revolutionaries - DD Johnston

The Headscarf Revolutionaries marching to confront the bosses, Hull, 1968

D.D. Johnston reviews Brian Lavery’s The Headscarf Revolutionaries, an account of a spontaneous campaign by fishermen’s wives in Hull, which following the 1968 triple-trawler disaster forced major changes to UK shipping laws.

"The American blindspot": Reconstruction according to Eric Foner and W.E.B. Du Bois - Noel Ignatiev

Noel Ignatiev's review of two books about Reconstruction, which was the period in American history where the victorious Northern federal government attempted to transform the state and society in the South.

Kenan Malik: journey of an ex-anti-racist - Arun Kundnani

Kenan Malik's From Fatwa to jihad

Arun Kundnani of the Institute of Race Relations critically reviews Kenan Malik's book From Fatwa To Jihad: the Rushdie affair and its legacy.