The Global Turn – Lessons From Southern Labor Scholars and Their Labor Movements

Source: Michael Burawoy, Work and Occupations, Vol. 36, No. 2, May 2009
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From the abstract:
For too long U.S. labor sociology has been reluctant to explore the world. By taking a global turn, we have much to learn from labor scholars and labor movements in the Global South–much to learn about our own peculiarities, about the possibilities and obstacles to building links across national boundaries, and about the implications of “globalization” for both labor organizing and labor studies. In particular, the public turn taken by scholars in the Global South toward their own labor movements holds lessons for a collaboration that is always fraught from both sides. These are just some of the issues raised by the essays in this issue that examine the history of labor sociologies and labor movements in Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and South Korea.

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