University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Labour Studies - David Camfield
David Camfield

PhD Social and Political Thought, York University, 2002
MA Social and Political Thought, York University, 1995
BA Political Science & Social and Political Thought, York University, 1994

Research Interests:

Contemporary Canadian Unions
Social Theory
Theory and Practice of Workers' Movements
Working Classes as Historical Formations
Racism, Sexism and Heterosexism
Social Movements
Work in Capitalist Societies


"Revolution and Modernising Counter-Revolution in Russia, 1917-28." Historical Materialism 28.2 (2020)

"Reflections on the Winnipeg General Strike and the Future of Workers' Struggles." Studies in Political Economy 101 (2020).

"Settler Colonialism and Labour Studies in Canada: A Preliminary Exploration." Labour /Le Travail 83 (2019).

"Manitoba: Fiscal Policy Under 'Today's NDP'." The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada's Provinces and Territories. Ed. Bryan M. Evans and Carlo Fanelli (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018).

We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society (Fernwood, 2017)

"Elements of a Historical-Materialist Theory of Racism." Historical Materialism 24.1 (2016).

"Theoretical Foundations of an Anti-Racist Queer Feminist Historical Materialism."  Critical Sociology 42.2 (2016).

"Recent Studies in Canadian Labour History from the Great Depression into the 21st Century."  Labour/Le Travail 73 (2014).

"Radical Working-Class Socialism in the Early Twenty-First Century."  Communism in the Twenty-First Century (Vol. 2).  Ed. Shannon Brincat (Praeger, 2014).

"Renewing Public Sector Unions."  Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity.  Ed.  Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage (Fernwood, 2013).

"Labour's Response to the Crisis and the Future of Working-Class Politics."  From Crisis To Austerity:  Neoliberalism, Organized Labour, and the Canadian State.  Ed.  Tim Fowler (Red Quill, 2013).

"What is Trade Union Bureaucracy?  A Theoretical Account."  Alternate Routes 24 (2013)

"The 'Great Recession', The Employers' Offensive and Canadian Public Sector Unions."
Socialist Studies/Etudes socialistes 7.1/2 (2011)

Canadian Labour in Crisis:  Reinventing the Workers' Movement (Fernwood, 2011).  French translation:  La crise du syndicalisme au Canada et au Quebec:  Reinventer le mouvement ouvrier (M editeur, 2014)

"Analyzing the 2004 HEU Strike and Union Bureaucracy."  Studies in Political Economy 84 (2009).

"Sympathy for the Teacher:  Labour Law and Transgressive Workers' Collective Action in British Columbia, 2005."  Capital and Class 99 (2009).

"The Working-Class Movement in Canada: An Overview." Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada  Ed. Miriam Smith. Peterborough: Broadview. (2008)

"CUPE's Sympathy Strikes in British Columbia, October 2005: Raising the Bar for Solidarity." Just Labour 11 (Autumn 2007)

"Renewal in Canadian Public Sector Unions: Neoliberalism and Union Praxis." Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations 62.2 (Spring 2007)

"The Multitude and the Kangaroo: A Critique of Hardt and Negri's Theory of Immaterial Labour."  Historical Materialism 15.2 (2007)

"Neoliberalism and Working-Class Resistance in British Columbia: The Hospital Employees' Union Struggle, 2002-2004." Labour/Le Travail 57 (Spring 2006)

"Renewing the Study of Public Sector Unions in Canada." Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes 1.2 (Fall 2005)

"Public Sector 'Reform' and the Future of Public Sector Unions in Canada." Review of Economic and Social Trends in Manitoba (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives -- Manitoba) 5.1 (2005)

“Re-Orienting Class Analysis: Working Classes as Historical Formations.” Science and Society 68.4 (Winter 2004).

“Beyond Adding on Gender and Class: Revisiting Feminism and Marxism.” Studies in Political Economy 68, 2002.

“A Second Reply to Bronner” [contribution to “A Debate: The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg”], New Politics (New Series) 8.4 (Winter 2002).

“Assessing Resistance in Harris’s Ontario, 1995-1999.” Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism. Ed. Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields. Halifax: Fernwood. 2000.

"The Two Souls of CLR James's Socialism." Critique (Glasgow) 30/31, 1998.


LABR 1260 Working for a Living

LABR 1290 Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement

LABR 2100 The Political Economy of Labour

LABR 3090 Globalization and Labour

LABR 3210 Working People in Hard Times

LABR 3400 Racism and Work

SOC 3370 Sociology of Work

Dr David Camfield