Marc SteinbergNov 14, 2016
England's Great Transformation
Law, Labor, and the Industrial Revolution
University of Chicago Press 2016
Marc Steinberg is a professor of sociology at Smith College. His latest book, England's Great Transformation: Law, Labor, and the Industrial Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2016) is a response to Karl Polyani's vision of an emerging modern labor market in The Great Transformation. Steinberg complicates our understanding of changing power relations by examining how workers were contracted to their employers. The book is centered around three case studies of employers using draconian master-servant laws to control the labor force. Historically rigorous and sociologically imaginative, Steinberg's analysis does true justice to the stories of his subjects.