Rights at Work
Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization
Rights at Work explores the political strategies in more than a dozen pay equity struggles since the late 1970s, including battles of state employees in Washington and Connecticut, as well as city employees in San Jose and Los Angeles. Relying on interviews with over 140 union and feminist activists, McCann shows that, even when the courts failed to correct wage discrimination, litigation and other forms of legal advocacy provided reformers with the legal discourse—the understanding of legal rights and their constraints—for defining and advancing their cause.
Rights at Work offers new insight into the relation between law and social change—the ways in which grass roots social movements work within legal rights traditions to promote progressive reform.
American Political Science Association: APSA-C. Herman Pritchett Award
Society for the Study of Social Problems: C. Wright Mills Award
Law and Society Association: Herbert Jacob Book Prize
The Wadsworth Publishing Award, Law and Courts Section
2: Pay Equity as Public Policy
3: Law as a Catalyst
4: The Social Context of Legal Mobilization
5: Compelling Concessions: Law as a Club
6: Implementation in the Dimming Shadows of Law
7: Rights Consciousness and Social Change
8: Legal Mobilization and Political Struggle