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

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

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by Dario Azzellini
     
 

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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

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.



Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608461707
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
07/05/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
804 KB

Meet the Author

Dario Azzellini: Dario Azzellini is a political scientist and lecturer at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, writer and documentary director based in Berlin and Caracas. He holds a PhD in political sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) and is finishing a PhD in sociology at the BUAP in Puebla (Mexico). His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary militancy, migration and racism, people’s power and selfadministration, workers control and extensive case studies in Latin America. He served as Associate Editor for the The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2009 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 by the University of Buenos Aires. He published several books, essays and documentaries about social movements, privatization of military services, migration and racism, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela. Among them The Business of War (Assoziation A 2002), a book about privatization of military services, translated an published in Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and Venezuela.  Azzellini is a documentary filmmaker.  His latest documentary "Comuna under construction" (2010) examines worker councils in Venezuela. Azzellini has been invited to conferences in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. More information on his publications and work is available at: www.azzellini.net.

Immanuel Ness: Immanuel Ness is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.  He holds a PhD in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. His research and writing focuses on social and revolutionary movements, labor militancy, and migrant worker resistance to oppression. Ness 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 also working on a number of projects on labor struggles, global migration, and the rise of syndicalism He is author of an anthology of contemporary labor: Real World Labor, with Amy Offner and Chris Sturr (Dollars&Sense).  His book, titled Immigrants, Unions, and the U.S. Labor Market, published in the spring of 2005 by Temple University Press is now in its 3rd printing. Ness has been invited to speak throughout the world (Asia, Europe, North America, South America) and at numerous academic conferences, including the American Political Science Association, and frequently invited to speak on low-wage labor, immigrants, and workers centers at conferences and universities the U.S. and abroad.  He is editor of the peer-review quarterly journal, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, a peer review quarterly journal that examines labor and work from a socialist perspective.  Ness is General Editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (forthcoming, Blackwell 2012).  Ness is founder of the Lower East Side Community Labor Organization, an autonomous activist organization in New York City.  In 2005, his 4-volume work: Encyclopedia of American Social Movements received Outstanding Reference Source, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association.  The work is selected as best reference for 2005 from Library Journal.  He is editor of International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell 2009) and co-editor with Aaron Brenner and Benjamin Day of Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History (Sharpe 2009).  He received awards and acclaim for his other reference works, including Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America.

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Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Leftpower68 More than 1 year ago
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
Anticapitalism More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.