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Labour Conflicts in the Global South

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ISBN 9781032211275
April 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Against the background of the global economic crisis since 2007/2008 and increasing inequality across the world, the Global South has experienced widespread, large-scale industrial action, including in countries such as China, Brazil, India and South Africa, which had been hailed as the new growth engines of the global political economy as part of the so-called BRICS.

This volume systematically evaluates how the new forms of labour mobilisation witnessed in the past ten years responded to the predominance of the informality-precarity complex of industrial relations and what conclusions can be drawn for potentially successful strategies against exploitation in the future. Can we identify a convergence of new approaches across the Global South, or do we witness an ongoing fragmentation of actors, models and strategies? In addressing this question, consideration is given to issues of class as well as gender and race.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Globalizations.

Table of Contents

Labour conflicts in the Global South: an introduction

Andreas Bieler and Jörg Nowak

1. From industrial relations research to Global Labour Studies: moving labour research beyond Eurocentrism

Jörg Nowak

2. Workers’ organizations and the fetishism of the trade union form: toward new pathways for research on the labour movement?

Maurizio Atzeni

3. Beyond traditional trade unionism: innovative worker responses in three African cities

Edward Webster, Carmen Ludwig, Fikile Masikane and Dave Spooner

4. Solidarity across boundaries: a new practice of collectivity among workers in the app-based transport sector in Indonesia

Fahmi Panimbang

5. Turning left: student-worker alliance in labour struggles in China

Ngai Pun

6. A gendered labour geography perspective on the Cambodian garment workers’ general strike of 2013/2014

Michaela Doutch

7. Becoming ‘active labour protestors’: women workers organizing in India’s garment export factories

Madhumita Dutta

8. Overcoming ‘small peasant mentality’: semi-proletarian struggles and working-class formation in China

Yu Huang and Kenneth Tsz Fung Ng

9. Revisiting the ‘boomerang effect’: the international relations of the trade unions in Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule

Isil Erdinc

10. Labour conflicts in the Global South: towards a new theory of resistance?

Andreas Bieler and Jörg Nowak

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Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University, UK. His latest book is Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe (2021).

Jörg Nowak is Visiting Professor at the Postgraduate Program of Environment and Rural Development at University of Brasilia, Brazil. His latest book is Mass Strike and Social Movements in India and Brazil (2019).