In Solidarity

Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States

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Author: Kim Moody

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 160846458X

Category: Political Science

Page: 326

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In this thorough collection of inspiring and informed essays, Kim Moody, one of the world's most authoritative and recognized labor writers, analyzes the past, present, and future of unions in the United States. With a sharp understanding of Marxist theory and labor history, Moody charts a well-reasoned course for the future of rank-and-file struggle. Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes and is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a senior research fellow at the Work and Employment Unit of the University of Hertfordshire.

Labor Movements

Global Perspectives

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Author: Stephanie Luce

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745682391

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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Fewer than 12 percent of U.S. workers belong to unions, and union membership rates are falling in much of the world. With tremendous growth in inequality within and between countries, steady or indeed rising unemployment and underemployment, and the marked increase in precarious work and migration, can unions still play a role in raising wages and improving work conditions? This book provides a critical evaluation of labor unions both in the U.S. and globally, examining the factors that have led to the decline of union power and arguing that, despite their challenges, unions still have a vital part to play in the global economy. Stephanie Luce explores the potential sources of power that unions might have, and emerging new strategies and directions for the growth of global labor movements, such as unions, worker centers, informal sector organizations, and worker co-operatives, helping workers resist the impacts of neoliberalism. She shows that unions may in fact be more relevant now than ever. This important assessment of labor movements in the global economy will be required reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of labor studies, political and economic sociology, the sociology of work, and social movements.

The Democratic Imagination

Envisioning Popular Power in the 21st Century

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Author: Alan Sears,James Cairns

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442605308

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Democracy is very much an open question in the early twenty-first century. While voter participation declines in many traditional democracies, new movements for democracy are emerging around the world. This book brings the question of democracy out of the halls of political power and home to our daily lives, pitting "official democracy" and "democracy from below" against one another in a lively debate. For more information see www.democraticimagination.com.

Victoria's Madmen

Revolution and Alienation

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Author: C. Bloom

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113731897X

Category: History

Page: 309

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Victoria's Madmen is the story of those who were outcasts by temperament and choice; the non-conformists of the Victorian Age. Clive Bloom's readable account of the dark underbelly of Victoria's Britain captures the unrest bubbling under the surface of strait-laced Victorian society.

Ethical Socialism and the Trade Unions

Allan Flanders and British Industrial Relations Reform

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Author: John Kelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136955259

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

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Allan Flanders was one of the leading British industrial relations academics and his ideas exerted a major influence on government labor policy in the 1960s and 1970s. But as well as being an Oxford academic with a strong interest in theory and labor reform, he was also a lifelong political activist. Originally trained in German revolutionary ethical socialism in the early 1930s, he was the founder and joint editor of Socialist Commentary, the leading outlet for ‘revisionist’ social democratic thinking in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also the leading figure in the influential 1950s ‘think tank’ Socialist Union and played a key part in the bitter factional struggles inside the Labour Party. The main argument of the book is that Flanders’ ethical socialist ideas constituted both his strength and his weakness. Their rigor, clarity and sweep enabled him to exert a major influence over government attempts to negotiate labor reforms with the trade unions. Yet he proved unable to explain the failure of the reforms amidst rising levels of industrial conflict, as his intellectual rigor turned into ideological rigidity. The failure of negotiated reform led to Margaret Thatcher’s neo-liberal assault on trade union power in the 1980s.

Geldtheorie und Geldpolitik

Günter Schmölders zum 65 Geburtstag

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Author: Clemens August Andreae,Willi Albers

Publisher: Duncker & Humblot

ISBN: N.A

Category: Monetary policy

Page: 355

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Marxism at Work

Ideology, Class and French Socialism During the Third Republic

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Author: Robert Stuart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521893053

Category: History

Page: 536

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This book examines the socialists who introduced Marxism to France in the decades before the First World War.

New Forms and Expressions of Conflict at Work

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Author: G. Gall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137304480

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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This collection analyses new forms and expressions of conflict at work under capitalism. Using theoretical and empirical approaches, it demonstrates an underlying historical continuity to new forms and expressions of conflict at work and a path dependency by country and culture.

Sociology in Perspective

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Author: Mark Kirby

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435331603

Category: Sociology

Page: 831

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This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.

The Sociology of Virtue

The Political & Social Theories of George Sorel

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Author: John Stanley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520037908

Category: Social Science

Page: 387

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Studie over het werk van de Franse socioloof en anarcho-syndicalistische activist Georges Sorel (1847-1922).

Forging Democracy

The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000

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Author: Geoff Eley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198021407

Category: History

Page: 720

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Democracy in Europe has been a recent phenomenon. Only in the wake of World War II were democratic frameworks secured, and, even then, it was decades before democracy truly blanketed the continent. Neither given nor granted, democracy requires conflict, often violent confrontations, and challenges to the established political order. In Europe, Geoff Eley convincingly shows, democracy did not evolve organically out of a natural consensus, the achievement of prosperity, or the negative cement of the Cold War. Rather, it was painstakingly crafted, continually expanded, and doggedly defended by varying constellations of socialist, feminist, Communist, and other radical movements that originally blossomed in the later nineteenth century. Parties of the Left championed democracy in the revolutionary crisis after World War I, salvaged it against the threat of fascism, and renewed its growth after 1945. They organized civil societies rooted in egalitarian ideals which came to form the very fiber of Europe's current democratic traditions. The trajectories of European democracy and the history of the European Left are thus inextricably bound together. Geoff Eley has given us the first truly comprehensive history of the European Left--its successes and failures; its high watermarks and its low tides; its accomplishments, insufficiencies, and excesses; and, most importantly, its formative, lasting influence on the European political landscape. At a time when the Left's influence and legitimacy are frequently called into question, Forging Democracy passionately upholds its vital contribution.

Capitalism, Class Conflict and the New Middle Class (RLE Social Theory)

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Author: Bob Carter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317652177

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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Non-manual workers are fast becoming the largest occupational category in Western capitalist countries. This is the first book to present a detailed socialist analysis of this much discussed change in the class structure of contemporary capitalism. Focusing on the class position of managerial and supervisory workers, Robert Carter takes as his starting-point the inadequacy of both orthodox Marxist and Weberian models of class relations. Rather, he concurs with recent structuralist theorists of class who maintain that there exists between capital and labour in the process of producing a new middle class. He parts company from the work of these theorists, however, in his insistence that the organisation and consciousness of the new middle class have also to be examined because of the practical consequences these have on class relations. The book therefore examines the historical rise of the middle class, both in the private and the state sector, together with the tendency of the class to respond to its changing relations with capital and labour by unionising. It is sharply critical of the dominant models of the causes and nature of white-collar unionism – both industrial relations and Weberian ones – and indeed rejects these models in favour of a perspective which views the extent and nature of middle-class unionism within the dynamics of class relations.

Understanding Modern Sociology

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Author: Wes Sharrock,John A Hughes,Peter J. Martin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761957072

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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The authors of the bestselling 'Understanding classical sociology' present the companion volume dealing with the modern period of social theory.

The Changing Agenda of Israeli Sociology

Theory, Ideology, and Identity

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Author: Uri Ram

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791423011

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of sociological thought in Israel, and pleads for a new agenda that would shift the focus from nation building to democratic and egalitarian citizenship formation.

Global Economy Contested

Power and Conflict Across the International Division of Labour

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Author: Marcus Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113597330X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Although much has been written on the topic of economic globalization, few volumes examine the social foundations of the global economy in a way that puts power and contestation at the forefront of the analysis. This book addresses this gap by emphasizing the contested social processes that underpin global production chains and financial structures. It demonstrates not only how the uneven effects of global economic integration impact upon workers and communities across the globe, but also how the agency of these individual and collective actors have reciprocal effects that reconfigure the terrain of global capitalism. Multidisciplinary in its approach, the book brings together an international group of social scientists who share a common interest in providing critical examinations of contemporary globalizations. With perspectives from sociologists, political scientists and political economists, it juxtaposes the examination of global trends with the diverse contexts of specific regions and countries. It features a range of case studies from North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, East and South-East Asia and post-communist Russia to explore the issues surrounding: global production chains and the international division of labour corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing new forms of labour organizing and internationalism. It will be of interest to students and researchers in international political economy, the sociology of globalization, development studies, economic geography and labour studies.

Selected Writings on Soviet Law and Marxism

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Author: P. Stučka,Pēteris Stučka,Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies in the Department of Criminology Piers Beirne

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780873324731

Category: Law

Page: 265

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The Latvian-born legal theorist P.I. Stuchka (1865-1932), generally recognized as one of the principal architects of modern Soviet legal theory and the Soviet legal system itself, was a prodigious author and editor. Twenty essays by Stuchka written between 1917 and 1931 were selected for translation