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  1. A Century of Organized Labor in France: A union movement for the twenty-first century?

    A Century of Organized Labor in France: A union movement for the twenty-first century?

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    Since 1895, When the Confederation Générale du Travail (CGT) was born, the trade union movement in France has experienced a turbulent century of development that has had an enormous impact on French polity, society, and economy. For the last century, the French labour movement has occupied a unique and crucial place in the European working-class movement. In February of 1996, Colombia University and New York University marked the centennial of the French labour movement by jointly sponsoring a conference to reflect on the history of this movement and on the future prospects for trade unionism in France. A Century of Organized Labor in France is a collection of papers presented at that conference, written by distinguished historians and social scientists form both France and the United States, as well as by important French trade union leaders. Offering an interdisciplinary approach that is rare among studies on this subject, this volume examines the trajectory of the French labour movement and provides rich lessons for students of contemporary France, Western European Politics and society, and comparative labour movements. Learn More
  2. African Population and Capitalism

    African Population and Capitalism

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    This is a synthesis of case studies and theory which takes issue with established African demographic theory, emphasising that demography is an historical process, a permanent and varied adaptation to social and economic change. The book covers 20 African societies in the sub-Saharan region, examining not the effects of slavery, colonialism and capitalism on each, but also the resistance and resilience of indigenous African institutions and individuals. Learn More
  3. Agrarian Class Conflict: The Political Mobilization of Agricultural Labourers in Kuttanad, South India

    Agrarian Class Conflict: The Political Mobilization of Agricultural Labourers in Kuttanad, South India

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    How does rural class structure influence the political mobilization of farm labourers? This case study documents the process in Kuttanad - a rice-producing region of India noted for its history of rural conflict. Tharamangalam deals fully with the historical and present background of agrarian relations in India, the character and conditions of the labour force, the rise of the Communist labour unions, and the reasons for their current dilemmas. He offeres valuable insights into the methods used by trade unions and the Communist Party to organize at the grass roots level. Learn More
  4. Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

    Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel

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    John Scott's classic account of his five years as a worker in the new industiral city of Magnitogorsk in the 1930's, first published in 1942, is enhanced in this edition by Stephen Kotkin's introduction, which places Behind the Urals in context for today's readers; by the texts of three debriefings of Scott conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1938 and published here for the first time; and by a selection of photographs showing life in Magnitogorsk in the 1930s. No other book provides such a graphic description of the life of workers under the First Five-Year Plan. Learn More
  5. Cuban Studies Since the Revolution

    Cuban Studies Since the Revolution

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    For the first time in the past three decades we now have a comprehensive discourse on the epistemology of Cuban studies. This work evaluates the key areas of inquiry and research in the field, documenting the unresolved issues and offering points of departure for future study of Cuba in particular and for social science research in general. Leading Cuban specialists address the disciplines of political science, international relations, economics, literature, history, and sociology. While the authors represent multiple vantage points, they share a sense of the need to reevaluate their approaches to the sociopolitical reality of the island. "Uncertainty in the world necessarily translates into uncertainty for us," Fernández writes. "Long gone are the simple and universalistic explanations for a confused and confusing reality. This book is part of an ongoing revitalization of our area of study." Learn More
  6. Democracy at Work in an Indian Industrial Cooperative: The Story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi

    Democracy at Work in an Indian Industrial Cooperative: The Story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi

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    The authors analyze the major features of the cooperative, assessing its overall structure, worker-elected management, shop floor democracy, and progress in providing a better life for its worker-owners. Tensions are also discussed, including the complaints of women workers and the need for diversification from tobacco. Learn More
  7. Dream of a Red Factory: The Legacy of High Stalinism in China

    Dream of a Red Factory: The Legacy of High Stalinism in China

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    Drawing on previously unknown primary sources in both Chinese and Russian, Deborah A. Kaple has written a powerful and absorbing account of the model of factory management and organization that the Chinese communists formulated in the 1949-1953 period. She reveals that their "new" management techniques were adapted from Soviet propaganda during the harsh period of Stalin's post-war reconstruction. The idealized Stalinist management system consisted mainly of strict Communist Party control of all aspects of workers' lives, which is the root of such strong Party control over Chinese society today. Dream of a Red Factory is a rare and revealing look at the consolidation rule in China; told through the prism of the development of new "socialist" factories and enterprises. Kaple completely counters the old myth of the "Soviet monolith" in China, and carefully reconstructs how the Chinese communists came to rely on an idealized, propagandistic version of the Soviet model instead. Learn More
  8. Field, Forest, And Family: Women's Work And Power In Rural Laos

    Field, Forest, And Family: Women's Work And Power In Rural Laos

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    After the Vietnam War, socialist governments ascended to power in all the countries of the former Indochina. In Laos, more than a decade of socialist reorganization was followed by economic liberalization in the late 1980s. Laotian women had traditionally sustained the household and local economy with their work in field, forest, and family, but political and economic changes markedly affected the context of rural women's prevailing sources of power and subordination. Socialist policies, for example, curtailed women's commercial activities while recognizing women's work in agriculture and child care.In this richly detailed volume, Carol Ireson draws on ten years of fieldwork and research to explore this metamorphosis among Laotian women. Throughout, she poses questions such as: What has happened to women's traditional sources of control over their own and others' activities since the 1975 socialist revolution? Have their traditional sources of power or autonomy expanded or contracted as changing conditions have allowed other groups to appropriate women's traditional resources and roles? Have the dramatic changes had different effects on rural women of differing ethnic backgrounds and varying economic means?Focusing on women from three major ethnic groups—the lowland Lao, the Khmu, and the Hmong—Ireson examines the different ways they have responded to political and economic changes. She shows us that the Laotian experience reveals in microcosm the processes of change toward specialization and integration of women's work into national and global economies and explains how this shift deeply affects women's lives. Learn More
  9. Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor

    Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor

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    A "gripping expos" (Publishers Weekly) of the conditions faced by Chinese illegal aliens in the United States. Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a must-read," Forbidden Workers tells for the first time the full story of recent Chinese immigration to this country. Widely praised from the Wall Street Journal to Asian Week, the book uses the Chinese experience to shed light on broader issues of immigration from countries around the world. Author Peter Kwong has interviewed countless immigrant workers, activists, Chinatown powerbrokers, and "snakeheads" (smugglers who bring immigrants to the United States) and has traveled to China to talk with families of immigrants. The result is an unprecedented look at an invisible community within American society -- and at a billion-dollar industry whose commodity is workers who labor under conditions approaching modern slavery. Learn More
  10. Gender Politics in Latin America: Debates in Theory and Practice

    Gender Politics in Latin America: Debates in Theory and Practice

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    This collection offers the best scholarly work emerging at the intersection of gender theory and Latin American studies. The essays analyze the gendered politics of state power, language, culture, history, social movements, human rights, and knowledge. Outstanding scholars and activists map the debates that have broken new and fertile ground in Latin American gender studies, criticizing short-comings and speculating on future directions. In their examination of everyday struggles over gender politics, the contributors illustrate the link between political action and conceptual debates. Innovative and challenging, this book will generate discussion in a wide range of fields. Learn More

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