Labor Versus Empire

The essays in this collection address issues significant to labor within regional, national and international contexts.

Author: Gilbert G. Gonzalez

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415948150

Category: History

Page: 316

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The essays in this collection address issues significant to labor within regional, national and international contexts. Themes of the chapters will focus on managed labor migration; organizing in multi-ethnic and multi-national contexts; global economics and labor; global economics and inequality; gender and labor; racism and globalization; regional trade agreements and labor.

Guest Workers or Colonized Labor

... eds., Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender and Migration, New York: Routledge, 2004. 18. See Alexandra Spiedoch, “NAFTA Through a Gender Lens: What 'Free Trade' Pacts Mean for Women,” Counterpunch (December 30, 2004); Carlos Salas, ...

Author: Gilbert G. Gonzalez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317264804

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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A decade of political infighting over comprehensive immigration reform appears at an end, after the 2012 election motivated the Republican Party to work with the Democratic Party's immigration reform agendas. However, a guest worker program within current reform proposals is generally overlooked by the public and by activist organizations. Also overlooked is significant corporate lobbying that affects legislation. This updated edition critically examines the new guest worker program included in the White House and Congressional bipartisan committee s immigration reform blueprints and puts the debate into historical and contemporary contexts. It describes how the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO agreed on guidelines for a new guest worker program to be included in the plan. Gonzalez shows how guest worker programs stand within a history of utilizing controlled, cheap, disposable labor with lofty projections rarely upheld. For courses in a wide variety of disciplines, this timely text taps into trends toward teaching immigration politics and policy.Features of the New Edition"

Guest Workers or Colonized Labor

... eds., Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender and Migration, New York: Routledge, 2004. 18. See Alexandra Spiedoch, “NAFTA Through a Gender Lens: What 'Free Trade' Pacts Mean for Women,” Counterpunch (December 30, 2004); Carlos Salas, ...

Author: GilbertG. Gonzalez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351564786

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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While a few commentators have recognized the parallels of the guest worker programs for Mexican immigrants to the United States to the bracero policies early in the 20th century, fewer still connect those policies to traditional forms of colonial labor exploitation such as that practiced respectively by the British and French colonial regimes in In

Workers Across the Americas

Labor versus Empire: Race, Gender and Migration. New York: Routledge, 2004. Grandin, Greg. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2009. Greene, Julie.

Author: Leon Fink

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831424

Category: History

Page: 488

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The first major volume to place U.S.-centered labor history in a transnational focus, Workers Across the Americas collects the newest scholarship of Canadianist, Caribbeanist, and Latin American specialists as well as U.S. historians. These essays highlight both the supra- and sub-national aspect of selected topics without neglecting nation-states themselves as historical forces. Indeed, the transnational focus opens new avenues for understanding changes 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 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 John French, Julie Greene, Neville Kirk, Aviva Chomsky, Dirk Hoerder, and Vic Satzewich lead off the volume with critical commentaries on the project of transnational labor history. Their responses 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 essays around 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 on the Guatemalan/Mexican border to the role of the International Labor Organization in attempting to set common labor standards. Leading scholars introduce each section and recommend further reading.

Empire s Labor

Labor. of. Empire. Since the early 2000s the status of the U.S. as a modernday empire has gone from a highly contested ... we probably have more bases in other people's lands than any other people, nation, or empire in world history.

Author: Adam Moore

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501716393

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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In a dramatic unveiling of the little-known world of contracted military logistics, Adam Moore examines the lives of the global army of laborers who support US overseas wars. Empire's Labor brings us the experience of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who perform jobs such as truck drivers and administrative assistants at bases located in warzones in the Middle East and Africa. He highlights the changes the US military has undergone since the Vietnam War, when the ratio of contractors to uniformed personnel was roughly 1:6. In Afghanistan it has been as high as 4:1. This growth in logistics contracting represents a fundamental change in how the US fights wars, with the military now dependent on a huge pool of contractors recruited from around the world. It also, Moore demonstrates, has social, economic, and political implications that extend well beyond the battlefields. Focusing on workers from the Philippines and Bosnia, two major sources of "third country national" (TCN) military labor, Moore explains the rise of large-scale logistics outsourcing since the end of the Cold War; describes the networks, infrastructures, and practices that span the spaces through which people, information, and goods circulate; and reveals the experiences of foreign workers, from the hidden dynamics of labor activism on bases, to the economic and social impacts these jobs have on their families and the communities they hail from. Through his extensive fieldwork and interviews, Moore gives voice to the agency and aspirations of the many thousands of foreigners who labor for the US military. Thanks to generous funding from UCLA and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open ( and other repositories.

Empire s Guestworkers

Proponents of deportation included workers outside of Oriente and Camagüey who had little or no interaction with ... 164On the perceived link among empire, immigration, and racial decline, see Araquistain, La agonía antillana, 11.

Author: Matthew Casey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108210669

Category: History


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Haitian seasonal migration to Cuba is central to narratives about race, national development, and US imperialism in the early twentieth-century Caribbean. Filling a major gap in the literature, this innovative study reconstructs Haitian guestworkers' lived experiences as they moved among the rural and urban areas of Haiti, and the sugar plantations, coffee farms, and cities of eastern Cuba. It offers an unprecedented glimpse into the daily workings of empire, labor, and political economy in Haiti and Cuba. Migrants' efforts to improve their living and working conditions and practice their religions shaped migration policies, economic realities, ideas of race, and Caribbean spirituality in Haiti and Cuba as each experienced US imperialism.

Making the Empire Work

This collection challenges historians to consider the labor that formed, worked, confronted, and rendered the U.S. empire visible.

Author: Daniel E. Bender

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479856220

Category: History

Page: 382

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Millions of laborers, from the Philippines to the Caribbean, performed the work of the United States empire. Forging a global economy connecting the tropics to the industrial center, workers harvested sugar, cleaned hotel rooms, provided sexual favors, and filled military ranks. Placing working men and women at the center of the long history of the U.S. empire, these essays offer new stories of empire that intersect with the “grand narratives” of diplomatic affairs at the national and international levels. Missile defense, Cold War showdowns, development politics, military combat, tourism, and banana economics share something in common—they all have labor histories. This collection challenges historians to consider the labor that formed, worked, confronted, and rendered the U.S. empire visible. The U.S. empire is a project of global labor mobilization, coercive management, military presence, and forced cultural encounter. Together, the essays in this volume recognize the United States as a global imperial player whose systems of labor mobilization and migration stretched from Central America to West Africa to the United States itself. Workers are also the key actors in this volume. Their stories are multi-vocal, as workers sometimes defied the U.S. empire’s rhetoric of civilization, peace, and stability and at other times navigated its networks or benefited from its profits. Their experiences reveal the gulf between the American ‘denial of empire’ and the lived practice of management, resource exploitation, and military exigency. When historians place labor and working people at the center, empire appears as a central dynamic of U.S. history.

Building the Atlantic Empires Unfree Labor and Imperial States in the Political Economy of Capitalism ca 1500 1914

... positions uncommon elsewhere in the Spanish empire and nearly unheard of in the colonies of imperial rivals. ... how fully many workers took advantage of opportunities afforded by Spanish rule, no serious threat to unfree labor or ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004285200

Category: History

Page: 229

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Exploring the relationship between state recruitment of unfree labor, capitalism’s expansion, and imperial development, Building the Atlantic Empires raises new questions about how the history of servitude and slavery transformed the Atlantic world and beyond.

The SAGE Handbook of Marxism

Reifer, T., 2004. 'Labor, Race, and Empire: Transport Workers and Transnational Empires of Trade, Production, and Finance'. In ed. G. G. Gonzalez, R. A. Fernandez, V. Price et al., Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration.

Author: Beverley Skeggs

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526455727

Category: Social Science

Page: 1505

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The past decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in Marxism both within and without the academy. Marxian frameworks, concepts and categories continue to be narratively relevant to the features and events of contemporary capitalism. Most crucially, an attention to shifting cultural conditions has lead contemporary researchers to re-confront some classical and essential Marxist concepts, as well as elaborating new critical frameworks for the analysis of capitalism today. The SAGE Handbook of Marxism showcases this cutting-edge of today’s Marxism. It advances the debate with essays that rigorously map and renew the concepts that have provided the groundwork and main currents for Marxist theory, and showcases interventions that set the agenda for Marxist research in the 21st century. A rigorous and challenging collection of scholarship, this book contains a stunning range of contributions from contemporary academics, writers and theorists from around the world and across disciplines, invaluable to scholars and graduate students alike. Part 1: Reworking the critique of political economy Part 2: Forms of domination, subjects of struggle Part 3: Political perspectives Part 4: Philosophical dimensions Part 5: Land and existence Part 6: Domains Part 7: Inquiries and debates

The Oxford World History of Empire

Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700–1930. ... 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire. Oxford. ... Empires. Ithaca, NY. Drescher, S. 2002. The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor Versus Slavery in British Emancipation.

Author: Peter Fibiger Bang

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199773114

Category: History

Page: 1449

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This is the first world history of empire, reaching from the third millennium BCE to the present. By combining synthetic surveys, thematic comparative essays, and numerous chapters on specific empires, its two volumes provide unparalleled coverage of imperialism throughout history and across continents, from Asia to Europe and from Africa to the Americas. Only a few decades ago empire was believed to be a thing of the past; now it is clear that it has been and remains one of the most enduring forms of political organization and power. We cannot understand the dynamics and resilience of empire without moving decisively beyond the study of individual cases or particular periods, such as the relatively short age of European colonialism. The history of empire, as these volumes amply demonstrate, needs to be drawn on the much broader canvas of global history. Volume I: The Imperial Experience is dedicated to synthesis and comparison. Following a comprehensive theoretical survey and bold world history synthesis, fifteen chapters analyze and explore the multifaceted experience of empire across cultures and through the ages. The broad range of perspectives includes: scale, world systems and geopolitics, military organization, political economy and elite formation, monumental display, law, mapping and registering, religion, literature, the politics of difference, resistance, energy transfers, ecology, memories, and the decline of empires. This broad set of topics is united by the central theme of power, examined under four headings: systems of power, cultures of power, disparities of power, and memory and decline. Taken together, these chapters offer a comprehensive and unique view of the imperial experience in world history.