Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present

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From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. With specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this pathbreaking volume comprehensively traces this often underappreciated historical tradition. Ripe with lessons drawn from historical ...

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Overview

From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. With specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this pathbreaking volume comprehensively traces this often underappreciated historical tradition. Ripe with lessons drawn from historical and contemporary struggles for workers’ control, Ours to Master and to Own is essential reading for those struggling to create a new world from the ashes of the old.

Immanuel Ness is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and edits WorkingUSA.

Dario Azzellini is a writer, documentary director, and political scientist at Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

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Ours to Master and to Own is the most substantive and comprehensive work on workers’ control and self-management today. I strongly recommend this work, which provides examples drawn from throughout the world of workers struggling for justice and power.”
—Gary Younge, columnist for the Guardian and the Nation

“The seemingly logical and just idea that workers themselves should make the decisions regarding and reap the benefits of their labor has always been a fraught concept with the potential to topple or reform whole societies… This ambitious, copiously researched, and clearly written text provides a sweeping diversity of examples, analyzed with cool detachment from the specific politics but with underlying passion for the larger concept.”
—Kari Lydersen, author of Revolt on Goose Island

"Ours to Master and to Own is a remarkable work that reminds us that history is not dead ... it is not even past. It is an ongoing process whereby women and men choose not to accept the workplace or the world as it is. Those who teach labor studies would profit from adding this book that covers the often-forgotten history of workers' agency to their reading lists. This book is highly recommended."
—William A Pelz, Labour Studies

“With the global capitalist order entering a period of crisis, but also with the dramatic increase in worker’s struggles especially in the global South, this collection is extremely opportune. Workers will seek greater control over market forces and workers’ councils are bound to reemerge. A must-read for labor analysts and activists alike.”
—Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University and University of Liverpool

“Ness and Azzellini have made a major contribution in producing this insightful and exciting collection of essays on the question of workers’ control… it is timely and offers great strategic insight.”
—Bill Fletcher, Jr., coauthor of Solidarity Divided

“Excellent! A very complete, serious, and inspiring account of the movements for workers’ control and their difficulties. There is no doubt that it should become a standard point of reference for future discussions and actions.”
—John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism

"Ours to Master and to Own is an incredible resource. With 22 essays that cover over a century of struggle, it explores experiences ranging from soviet power in Russia, self-management in Yugoslavia and Algeria, workers' control in Portugal in 1974 and co-management in Venezuela today ... With the sheer scope of the examples, this book is a serious contribution to debates around workers' control, what is possible and how to achieve it. The chapter on 1970s British factory occupations should be mandatory reading for the period that is to come."
—Julie Sherry, Socialist Review

"The social and environmental disaster that international capitalism has caused in the past 20 years reinforces the importance of this book. The alternative popular initiatives it describes are socially and economically far more advanced than the productivist and predatory canon of industrial capitalism. They are an antidote to the suicidal tendencies of high finance."
—Antonio David Cattani, Red Pepper

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608461196
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 443
  • Sales rank: 856,373
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 6.08 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author


Immanuel Ness is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a founding member of the Lower East Side Community Labor Organization, an autonomous activist organization in New York City. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary movements, labor militancy, and migrant worker resistance to oppression. Ness has just completed Guest Workers, Corporate Despotism and Resistance,(forthcoming University of Illinois Press) a book that examines the rise of guest workers from the global South in the US and labor opposition to employer abuses. He is author of numerous books including an anthology of contemporary labor: Real World Labor, with Amy Offner and Chris Sturr (Dollars & Sense). He edits the peer-review quarterly journal, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, and has also edited several reference works, including the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, and, with Aaron Brenner and Bejamin Day, the Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History.

Dario Azzellini is a writer, documentary director and political scientist and lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He splits his time between Berlin and Caracas. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and selfadministration, and workers control, with extensive case studies in Latin America. He served as Associate Editor for the the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, and was primary editor for Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean, and the new left in Italy. He serves as Associate Editor for WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society and for Cuadernos de Marte, an academic publication about war sociology released by the University of Buenos Aires. He has published several books, among them The Business of War (Assoziation A 2002), about the privatization of military services. His latest documentary Comuna under construction (2010) examines worker councils in Venezuela.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Immanuel Ness Dario Azzellini 1

Part I Workers' Councils: Historical Overview and Theoretical Debate

1 Workers' Control and Revolution Victor Wallis 10

2 Workers' Councils in Europe: A Century of Experience Donny Gluckstein 32

3 The Red Mole: Workers' Councils as a Means of Revolutionary Transformation Sheila Cohen 48

4 The Political Form at Last Discovered: Workers' Councils against the Capitalist State Alberto R. Bonnet 66

Part II Workers' Councils and Self-Administration in Revolution: Early Twentieth Century

5 From Unionism to Workers' Councils: The Revolutionary Shop Stewards in Germany, 1914-1918 Ralf Hoffrogge 84

6 The Factory Committee Movement in the Russian Revolution David Mandel 104

7 Factory Councils in Turin, 1919-1920: "The Sole and Authentic Social Representatives of the Proletarian Class" Pietro Di Paola 130

8 Workers'Democracy in the Spanish Revolution, 1936-1937 Andy Durgan 148

Part III Workers' Control under State Socialism

9 Yugoslavia: Workers' Self-Management as State Paradigm Goran Music 172

10 Give Us Back Our Factories! Between Resisting Exploitation and the Struggle for Workers' Power in Poland, 1944-1981 Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski 191

Part IV Anticolonial Struggle, Democratic Revolution, and Workers' Control

11 Workers'Control in Java, Indonesia, 1945-1946 Jafar Suryomenggolo 210

12 From Workers' Self-Management to State Bureaucratic Control: Autogestion in Algeria Samuel J. Southgate 228

13 The Limits and Possibilities of Workers' Control within the State: Mendoza, Argentina, 1973 Gabriela Scodeller 248

14 Workers' Councils in Portugal, 1974-1975 Peter Robinson 263

Part V Workers' Control against Capitalist Restructuring in the Twentieth Century

15 Workers' Control and the Politics of Factory Occupation: Britain, 1970s Alan Tuckman 284

16 Workers' Direct Action and Factory Control in the United States Immanuel Ness 302

17 "Hot Autumn": Italy's Factory Councils and Autonomous Workers' Assemblies, 1970s Patrick Cuninghame 322

18 Recipe for Anarchy: British Columbia's Telephone Workers' Occupation of 1981 Elaine Bernard 338

Part VI Workers' Control, 1990-2010

19 Workers' Control in India's Communist-Ruled State: Labor Struggles and Trade Unions in West Bengal Arup Kumar Sen 356

20 Argentinean Worker-Taken Factories: Trajectories of Workers' Control under the Economic Crisis Marina Kabat 365

21 Workers'Control under Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution Dario Azzellini 382

22 Brazilian Recovered Factories: The Constraints of Workers' Control Maurício Sardá de Faria Henrique T. Novaes 400

Editor Biographies 418

Author Biographies 420

Index 427

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Excellent case studies of worker control -- but the shortcoming

    Excellent case studies of worker control -- but the shortcoming of the book is that it fails to address the question of the working class achieving power. I was troubled by the chapter on the German revolution, which fails to address key theoretical and analytic issues anems to leave the reader clueless even if the results of the German Revolution are clear. Otherwise an important book and highly recommended

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Great case studies of worker control under a range of circumstan

    Great case studies of worker control under a range of circumstances that provide experiences we can use to duplicate. Not all the examples are of worker control but of worker sit-down strikes, which in my estimation can be viewed as a step toward worker-self management. Intrigued by the case studies showing that workers' consider the capitalist economy and the business managers as impediments and unnecessary in the process of production and social reproduction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly Recommended -- A Pathway to Working Class Power

    This work has helped me understand the foundation of socialism that is rooted in working class self-activity. I found it an accessable and powerful. We need to take these histories and apply it to our present day experience. More than any book, Ours to Master and To Own provides convincing evidence that capitalism is a moribund system that is failing the working class. This book provides evidence that workers have always struggled against rapacious capitalist hegemony.

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