The Politics of Immigrant Workers: Labor Activism and the World Economy Since 1830

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The international upheaval set off by workers struggling to return home from Kuwait at the outbreak of the Gulf War as well as the alarming violence that has erupted against foreign workers in Germany are recent examples of the growing political, social, and economic consequences of labor migration. Immigrant workers - such as the Mexican "undocumented worker" in California or the Turkish "guest-worker" in Germany - are as crucial to the world and national economies as they are socially and politically ...
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Overview

The international upheaval set off by workers struggling to return home from Kuwait at the outbreak of the Gulf War as well as the alarming violence that has erupted against foreign workers in Germany are recent examples of the growing political, social, and economic consequences of labor migration. Immigrant workers - such as the Mexican "undocumented worker" in California or the Turkish "guest-worker" in Germany - are as crucial to the world and national economies as they are socially and politically controversial. This provocative book explores the rise of the global working class in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by examining the experiences of a wide range of immigrant workers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Are immigrants more conservative or radical than native-born workers? Under which circumstances do workers act together and when do they fail to cooperate? How does the status of immigrants as a distinct cultural and political group generate and influence their collective action? Together the essays in this volume probe these issues through their focus on how immigrant workers organize themselves collectively in unions, strikes, and political action. The book's comparative perspective allows for a comprehensive and wide-ranging treatment of this international phenomenon. Thus the essays consider a range of workers - agricultural as well as industrial labor - and examine important streams of migration including Europeans to the United States; Third World workers to Western Europe; migration within Europe; Asian workers in Africa, the Pacific islands, and Southeast Asia; and Mexican migration to the United States. In this important collection, distinguished historians and social scientists investigate the influence on immigrant workers of forces such as the world economy, the state, and work structure, as well as communal and ethnic factors. Because of its diversity, scope, and depth of analysis, The Politics of Immigrant Workers
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  • ISBN-13: 9780841912977
  • Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 333
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Labor, Migration, and Politics 3
2 The German Bakers of New York City: Between Ethnic Particularism and Working-Class Consciousness 49
3 Labour Party, Labor Lobbying, or Direct Action? Coal Miners, Immigrants, and Radical Politics in Scotland and the American Midwest, 1880-1924 71
4 France and the Belgian Immigration of the Nineteenth Century 101
5 Scapegoating the Foreign Worker: Job Turnover, Accidents, and Diseases among Polish Coal Miners in the German Ruhr, 1871-1914 133
6 The International Migration of Workers and Segmented Labor: Mexican Immigrant Workers in California Industrial Agriculture, 1900-1940 155
7 Class, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Hawaii's Sugar Workers, 1920-1946 175
8 Indentured Labor Migration: Indian Migrants to Natal, South Africa, 1860-1902 199
9 Popular Sources of Chinese Labor Militancy in Colonial Malaya, 1900-1941 215
10 The Politics of Immigrant Workers in Twentieth-Century France 245
11 Foreigners in the Fatherland: Turkish Immigrant Workers in Germany 279
12 Insiders and Outsiders: The Political Economy of International Migration during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 297
Notes on Contributors 323
Index 327
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