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The Big Rig : Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream, Paperback / softback Book

The Big Rig : Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream Paperback / softback


Long-haul trucks have been described as sweatshops on wheels.

The typical long-haul trucker works the equivalent of two full-time jobs, often for little more than minimum wage.

But it wasn't always this way. Trucking used to be one of the best working-class jobs in the United States.

The Big Rig explains how this massive degradation in the quality of work has occurred, and how companies achieve a compliant and dedicated workforce despite it.

Drawing on more than 100 in-depth interviews and years of extensive observation, including six months training and working as a long-haul trucker, Viscelli explains in detail how labor is recruited, trained, and used in the industry.

He then shows how inexperienced workers are convinced to lease a truck and to work as independent contractors.

He explains how deregulation and collective action by employers transformed trucking's labor markets - once dominated by the largest and most powerful union in US history - into an important example of the costs of contemporary labor markets for workers and the general public.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 284 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Sociology: work & labour
  • ISBN: 9780520278127

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