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

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

by Aviva Chomsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341735

ISBN-13: 9780822341734

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

…  See more details below

Overview

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: one that transformed the global textile industry by exporting looms around the world, and another that was the site of a model program of labor-management collaboration in the 1920s. She follows the path of the textile industry from New England, first to the U.S. South, and then to 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. Most of the workers eventually landed in service jobs: cleaning houses, caring for elders, washing dishes.

Focusing on Colombia between the 1960s and the present, Chomsky looks at the Urabá 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. In the 1980s, two U.S. coal mining companies began to shift their operations to Colombia, where they opened two of the largest open-pit coal mines in the world. Chomsky assesses how different groups, especially labor unions in both countries, were affected. Linked Labor Histories suggests that economic integration among regions often exacerbates regional inequalities rather than ameliorating them.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341734
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Pages:
416

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

Part I. New England

1. The Draper Company: From Hopedale to Medellín and Back 15

2. The Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company: Labor-Management Collaboration and Its Discontents 48

3. Guns, Butter, and the New (Old) International Division of Labor 93

4. Invisible Workers in a Dying Industry: Latino Immigrants in New England Textile Towns 142

Part II. Colombia

5. The Cutting Edge of Globalization: Neoliberalism and Violence in Colombia's Banana Zone 181

6. Taking Care of Business in Colombia: U.S. Multinationals, the U.S. Government, and the AFL-CIO 222

7. Mining the Connections: Where Does Your Coal Come From? 264

Conclusion 294

Notes 305

Bibliography 357

Index 373

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >