Grounding Globalization: Labour in the Age of Insecurity

Grounding Globalization: Labour in the Age of Insecurity

Author(s): Edward Webster, Rob Lambert, Andries Bezuidenhout

Published Online: 18 FEB 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405129145

Online ISBN: 9781444303018

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303018

Series Editor(s): Noel Castree

About this Book

*Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Scholarly Monograph Prize, awarded by the American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements section*

Claims have been made on the emergence of a new labour internationalism in response to the growing insecurity created by globalization. However, when persons face conditions of insecurity they often turn inwards. The book contains a warning and a sign of hope. Some workers become fatalistic, even xenophobic. Others are attempting to globalize their own struggles.

  • Examines the claim that a new labour internationalism is emerging by grounding the book in evidence, rather than assertion
  • Analyzes three distinct places - Orange, Australia; Changwon, South Korea; and Ezakheni, South Africa - and how they dealt with manufacturing plants undergoing restructuring
  • Explores worker responses to rising levels of insecurity and examines preconditions for the emergence of counter-movements to such insecurities Highlights the significance of 'place' and 'scale', and demonstrates how the restructuring of multi-national corporations, and worker responses to this, connect the two concepts

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Markets Against Society

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  2. Part II: Society Against Markets

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  3. Part III: Society Governing the Market?

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