Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History

Paperback | April 27, 2011

EditorLeon Fink

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The first major volume to place U.S.-centered labor history in a transnational or U.S.-in-the-world focus, Workers Across the Americas collects the newest work of leading Canadianist, Caribbeanist, and Latin American specialists, as well as U.S. historians. As distinct from comparativehistories built around the integrity of their nation-state subjects, these essays highlight both the supra- or sub-national aspect of selected topics without ignoring the power of nation-states themselves as historical forces. Indeed, the transnational focus opens new avenues for understandingchanges in the concepts, policies and practice of states, their interactions with each other and their populations, and the ways in which the popular classes resist, react, and use both nation-state and non-state entities to advance their interests. What does this transnational turn encompass? And what are its likely perils as well as promise as a framework for research and analysis? To address these questions six eminent scholars (John French, Julie Greene, Neville Kirk, Aviva Chomsky, Dirk Hoerder, and Vic Satzewich) lead off the volumewith their own critical commentaries on the very project of transnational labor history. Their responses effectively offer a tour of explanations, tensions, and cautions in the evolution of a new arena of research and writing. Thereafter, Workers Across the Americas groups fifteen research essaysaround themes of Labor and Empire, Indigenous Peoples and Labor Systems, International Feminism and Reproductive Labor, Labor Recruitment and Immigration Control, Transnational Labor Politics, and Labor Internationalism. Topics range from military labor in the British Empire to coffee workers onthe Guatemalan/Mexican border to the Atlantic white slavery traffic to the role of the International Labor Organization in attempting to set common labor standards. Leading scholars--including Camille Guerin-Gonzalez, Alex Lichtenstein, Nelson Lichtenstein, Colleen O'Neill, Premilla Nadasen, andBryan Palmer--introduce each section and also make recommendations for further reading.

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The first major volume to place U.S.-centered labor history in a transnational or U.S.-in-the-world focus, Workers Across the Americas collects the newest work of leading Canadianist, Caribbeanist, and Latin American specialists, as well as U.S. historians. As distinct from comparativehistories built around the integrity of their nati...

Leon Fink is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of, The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (University of North Carolina, 2003); Progressive Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Democratic Commitment (Harvard, 1998); In Search of the Working Class: Essay...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Leon Fink: PrefaceI. Beyond Borders: The Challenge of Transnational Labor HistoryJohn French: Introduction: Another 'World' History Is Possible: Latin Americanist Reflections on Translocal, Transnational, and Global History1. Julie Greene: Historians of the World: Transnational Forces, Nation-States, and the Practice of U.S. History2. Neville Kirk: Transnational Labor History: Promise and Perils3. Aviva Chomsky: Labor History as World History: Linking Regions over Time4. Dirk Hoerder: Overlapping Spaces: Transregional and Transcultural5. Vic Satzewich: Transnational Migration: A New Historical Phenomenon?II. Labor and EmpireAlex Licctenstein: Introduction6. Peter Way: "Black service . . . white money": The Peculiar Institution of Military Labor in the British Army during the Seven Years' War7. Steven Bachelor: "We Speak the Same Language in the New World": Capital, Class, and Community in Mexico's "American Century"III. Indigenous Peoples and Labor SystemsColleen O'Neill: Introduction8. Andrew Parnaby: Indigenous Labor in Mid-Nineteenth-Century British North America: The Mi'kmaq of Cape Breton and Squamish of British Columbia in Comparative Perspective9. Catherine Nolan-Ferrell: "De Facto Mexicans": Coffee Workers and Nationality on the Guatemalan/Mexican Border, 1931-1941IV. International Feminism and Reproductive LaborPremilla Nadasen: Introduction10. Eileen Boris: "No Right to Layettes or Nursing Time": Maternity Leave and the Question of United States Exceptionalism11. Jocelyn Olcott: The Battle Within the Home: International Women's Year 1975 and the Debate Over Development Feminism, and the Commodification of Caring LaborsV. Labor Recruitment and Immigration Control12. Gunther peck: Feminizing White Slavery in the United States: Marcus Braun and the Transnational Traffic in White Bodies, 1890-191013. Michael Snodgrass: Patronage and Progress: The Bracero Program from the Perspective of Mexico14. Lara Putnam: Unspoken Exclusions: Race, Nation, and Empire in the Immigration Restrictions of the 1920s in North America and the Greater CaribbeanVI. Transnational Labor PoliticsBryan D. Palmer: Introduction15. Shelton Stromquist: Reclaiming Political Space: Workers, Municipal Socialism and the Reconstruction of Local Democracy in Transnational Perspective16. John H. Flores: A Migrating Revolution: Mexican Political Organizers and their Rejection of American Assimilation, 1920-40VII. Labor InternationalismNelson Lichtenstein: Introduction17. Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie: Fugitive Slaves Across North America18. Jacob Remes: Movable Type: Toronto's Transnational Printers, 1866-187219. Leon Fink: Global Sea or National Backwater? The ILO, Protective Subsidies, and the Shoals of SolidarityContributorsIndex