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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?


    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. ****Paper book sleeve has endured some minor damage, price is discounted. Learn More
  2. African Population and Capitalism

    African Population and Capitalism


    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


    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. Cuban Studies Since the Revolution

    Cuban Studies Since the Revolution


    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
  5. 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


    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
  6. Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor

    Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor


    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
  7. Japanese Workers in Protest

    Japanese Workers in Protest


    This first ethnographic study of factory workers engaged in radical labor protest gives a voice to a segment of the Japanese population that has been previously marginalized. These blue-collar workers, involved in prolonged labor disputes, tell their own story as they struggle to make sense of their lives and their culture during a time of conflict and instability. What emerges is a sensitive portrait of how workers grapple with a slowed economy and the contradictions of Japanese industry in the late postwar era. The ways that they think and feel about accommodation, resistance, and protest raise essential questions about the transformation of labor practices and limits of worker cooperation and compliance. Learn More
  8. Jewish Workers in the Modern Diaspora

    Jewish Workers in the Modern Diaspora


    Editor Nancy L. Green and an international group of scholars have assembled a rich selection of source materials--newspaper articles, letters, memoirs, posters, and literature--to reveal the many-faceted experience of Jewish workers who emigrated from Eastern Europe to the West in the early decades of the century. Through the voices of the workers themselves, their observers, and their critics, we come to understand the lives of men and women in a variety of circumstances--at home, in the sweatshop, in school, and on the picket line. To what extent were these Jewish workers alike? How did local conditions shape their experiences? What role did Jewish workers play in internationalizing labor movements? In addressing such questions Jewish Workers in the Modern Diaspora provides a much-needed comparative perspective on the Jewish working class. Learn More
  9. Labor and the State in Egypt

    Labor and the State in Egypt


    Workers, Unions, and Economic Restructuring

    by Marsha Pripstein Posusney

    Bringing to light the often overlooked effect of workers' collective actions in shaping public policy, Labor and the State in Egypt surveys the relationships of workers and trade unions to the state in Egypt.

    Labor and teh State in Egypt begins with the 1952 coup against the British-backed monarchy which established military rule and brought Gamal 'Abd al-Nasir to power.  Tracing the evolution of labor in the political economy of Egypt after the coup, Marsha Pripstein Posusney combines an interpretive analysis of workers' positions on economic issues with an institutional study of union behavior.  The book analyzes the dual, sometimes overlapping roles of labor as both a basis of support and legitimacy for Egypt's authoritarian regimes and a platform for challenging government initiatives.

    Posusney's analysis includes an insight into the rise of a union confederation and the etatist economy enshrined in the socialist rhetoric of Nasir's rule, and a focus on labor's opposition to the initial attempts at the undoing of etatism in 1973 through mid-1996, when the government was poised to launch privatization on a large scale.  Here, Posusney argues that the trade union movement should shift attention from national policies to workplace issues that will now more directly affect workers' lives.

    A significant contribution to the scholarship on economic and political reform in developing countries, Labor and the State in Egypt is a major account of the significance of social forces in shaping economic development, even when those forces are separated from partisan political participation.

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  10. Left Book Club Anthology

    Left Book Club Anthology


    The Left Book Club is something of a legend. Founded in 1936 to distribute cheap, radical books, it was a spectacular success, with nearly 60,000 members at its peak. Always controversial, its famous orange volumes told stories of life in Britain's industrial towns, rebellion in Hitler's Germany, and heroism in the Spanish Civil War. This anthology goes back to the monthly selections themselves and recaptures the fervor and idealism of the 1930s. It includes extracts from many of the Club's most popular books, including Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, Koestler's Spanish Testament, Edgar Snow's Red Star Over China, and Wilfred Macartney's Walls Have Mouths. Paul Laity introduces each extract and contributes an excellent general introduction explaining the political and cultural context of the Club. Learn More

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