Publisher description for Forces of labor : workers' movements and globalization since 1870 / Beverly J. Silver.


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Counter Recasting labor studies in a long-term and global framework, the book draws on a major new database on world labor unrest to show how local labor movements have been related to world-scale political, economic and social processes since the late-nineteenth century. Through an in-depth empirical analysis of select global industries it demonstrates how the main locations of labor unrest have shifted from country to country together with shifts in the geographical location of production. It shows how the main sites of labor unrest have shifted over time together with the rise/decline of new leading sectors of capitalist development, and demonstrates that labor movements have been deeply embedded (as both cause and effect) in world political dynamics. The book concludes by exploring the likely forms that emergent labor movements will take in the twenty-first century.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Labor movement History, Labor disputes History, Capitalism History, Globalization Economic aspects History, Business relocation History, Manufacturing processes History, Automobile industry workers History, Textile workers History