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Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba by Janis Thiessen (review)

Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba by Janis Thiessen (review) reviews / comptes rendus / 269 Janis Thiessen, Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in PostWar Manitoba (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2013) Janis Thiessen has written an important study of religion, business, and the working class, focusing on three Manitoba Mennonite businesses and their workers. The book is a welcome development within Canadian Mennonite history, which thus far has focused primarily on the rural experience of this ethno-religious group. The study is well written and researched and demonstrates clearly the importance of identifying the potential role of faith in understanding the motivations and behavior of both business owners and employees. Theissen is aware that in some workplace contexts, religion has provided the basis for, or strengthened, existing oppositional working-class consciousness. She references the extensive literature on this topic in the US and Britain, and identifies most of the relevant Canadian work. She argues that in the Canadian Mennonite context religion served more to inhibit than to encourage unionization. Her monograph presents a number of reasons to explain why this was the case. Thiessen begins with a detailed discussion of Mennonite history and theology, providing a clear explanation of the key Mennonite concept of "yieldedness," the individual's submission both http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labour / Le Travail The Canadian Committee on Labour History

Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba by Janis Thiessen (review)

Labour / Le Travail , Volume 75 (1) – May 6, 2015

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reviews / comptes rendus / 269 Janis Thiessen, Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in PostWar Manitoba (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2013) Janis Thiessen has written an important study of religion, business, and the working class, focusing on three Manitoba Mennonite businesses and their workers. The book is a welcome development within Canadian Mennonite history, which thus far has focused primarily on the rural experience of this ethno-religious group. The study is well written and researched and demonstrates clearly the importance of identifying the potential role of faith in understanding the motivations and behavior of both business owners and employees. Theissen is aware that in some workplace contexts, religion has provided the basis for, or strengthened, existing oppositional working-class consciousness. She references the extensive literature on this topic in the US and Britain, and identifies most of the relevant Canadian work. She argues that in the Canadian Mennonite context religion served more to inhibit than to encourage unionization. Her monograph presents a number of reasons to explain why this was the case. Thiessen begins with a detailed discussion of Mennonite history and theology, providing a clear explanation of the key Mennonite concept of "yieldedness," the individual's submission both

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Labour / Le TravailThe Canadian Committee on Labour History

Published: May 6, 2015

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