Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class / Edition 1

Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class / Edition 1

by Aviva Chomsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822341905

ISBN-13: 9780822341901

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Exploring globalization from a labor history perspective, Aviva Chomsky provides historically grounded analyses of migration, labor-management collaboration, and the mobility of capital. She illuminates the dynamics of these movements through case studies set mostly in New England and Colombia. Taken together, the case studies offer an intricate portrait of two

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Exploring globalization from a labor history perspective, Aviva Chomsky provides historically grounded analyses of migration, labor-management collaboration, and the mobility of capital. She illuminates the dynamics of these movements through case studies set mostly in New England and Colombia. Taken together, the case studies offer an intricate portrait of two regions, their industries and workers, and the myriad links between them over the long twentieth century, as well as a new way to conceptualize globalization as a long-term process.

Chomsky examines labor and management at two early-twentieth-century Massachusetts factories and then follows the path of the textile industry from New England to the U.S. South, Puerto Rico, Japan, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Colombia. She considers how towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts began to import Colombian workers as they struggled to keep their remaining textile factories going. Focusing on Colombia between the 1960s and the present, Chomsky looks at the Uraba banana export region, where violence against organized labor has been particularly acute, and, through a discussion of the afl-cio's activities in Colombia, she explores the thorny question of U.S. union involvement in foreign policy.

About the Author:
Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341901
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Abbreviations     ix
Introduction     1
New England
The Draper Company: From Hopedale to Medellin and Back     15
The Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company: Labor-Management Collaboration and Its Discontents     48
Guns, Butter, and the New (Old) International Division of Labor     93
Invisible Workers in a Dying Industry: Latino Immigrants in New England Textile Towns     142
Colombia
The Cutting Edge of Globalization: Neoliberalism and Violence in Colombia's Banana Zone     181
Taking Care of Business in Colombia: U.S. Multinationals, the U.S. Government, and the afl-cio     222
Mining the Connections: Where Does Your Coal Come From?     264
Conclusion     294
Notes     305
Bibliography     357
Index     373

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