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Edna Bonacich Edna Bonacich
Professor Emeritus


Edna Bonacich is a Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at UCR where she has taught since 1970. Dr. Bonacich received her Ph.D. in sociology and Social Relations in 1969 from Harvard University, her A.M. in 1966, also from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in sociology, psychology, and English from the University of Natal, South Africa.

Dr. Bonacich's major research interest has been the study of class and race, with special emphasis on racial divisions in the working class. Since 1989 she has been studying the garment industry, both in Los Angeles and in the Pacific Rim region, co-editing a book entitled Global Production: The Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry, published by the University of California Press. She has worked as a volunteer with UNITES, the garment workers' union, and has been active in the anti-sweatshop movement.

Edna Bonacich has made countless contributions to many books and journals in her field of study and research. The most recent of these are:"The Garment Industry in the Restructuring Global Economy" in Understanding Society, "Class Analysis Without Marx " in Political Power and Social Theory, "Intense Challenges, Tentative Possibilities: Organizing Immigrant Garment Workers in Los Angeles" in Immigrants and Union Organizing in California, Ruth Milkman, ed.. Bonacich also has recent submissions in the following: Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity, Charles A. Gallagher, ed.; Critical Sociology; Race, Identity, and Citizenship, Rodolfo D. Torres, ed.; Latino Social Movements: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives, Rodolfo D. Torres, ed.; Immigrants and Organizing in California, Ruth Milkman, ed..

Dr. Bonacich is the current Chair of the Political Economy of the World System section of the American Sociological Association, Associate Editor of Amerasia, a member of the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and a member of the Scholarly Advisory Council of the Japanese American National Museum.

Dr. Bonacich teaches the following courses for the Department of Ethnic Studies: Race, Class, and Gender; Political Economy of Race and Class; and Race and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective.


  • "The Garment Industry in the Restructuring Global Economy"
  • "Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry"
  • "Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Koreans in Los Angeles"
  • "The Economic Basis of Ethinc Solidarity Small Business in the Japanese American Community"


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