Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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1: Introduction

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pp. 1-15

This collection is a move toward a definition of an anthropology of unions. Questions about unions can only arise in complex social orders with class structures that define incompatible interests between owners of capital and workers...

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2: Miners, Women, and Community Coalitions in the UMWA Pittston Strike

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pp. 17-31

The Pittston strike in the early 1990s marked miners’ return to contract bargaining and the deliberate attempt of miners and their families to augment the power of the union to secure their economic and political goals. While neither side actually...

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3: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

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pp. 33-54

Some see the outcomes of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential elections as failures of democracy. One explanation is that people are widely deceived and tricked into voting against their interests (Frank 2005). George Soros (2008) locates the failure...

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4: With God on Everyone’s Side:Truth Telling and Toxic Words among Methodists and Organized Farmworkers in North Carolina

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pp. 55-78

Moral authority and religious faith have been important components of social struggle during both the civil rights movement and farm labor organizing struggles. From his earliest efforts organizing in the fields, former United Farm Workers (UFW) president Cesar Chavez worked...

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5: Buying Out the Union: Jobs as Property and the UAW

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pp. 79-101

American companies and government institutions have shunted unions out of a role in regulating the labor process since at least the early 1980s. In a process David Harvey has referred to as accumulation by dispossession (Harvey 2003),1 they have deprived union...

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6: Approaching Industrial Democracy in Nonunion Mines: Lessons from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin

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pp. 103-130

In both popular and academic imaginations, the coal industry is often characterized by strong unions and dramatic strikes. In the decade after World War II, unionization rates in the coal mining industry exceeded 80 percent (Lichtenstein 2002:56). When the center...

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7: Small Places, Close to Home: The Importance of Place in Organizing Workers

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pp. 131-155

The challenges unions in the United States face in organizing workers are enormous and should not be underestimated. Recent changes at the national and international levels, such as the Change to Win coalition departing from the American Federation...

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8: Economic Globalization and Changing Capital-Labor Relations in Baja California’s Fresh-Produce Industry

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pp. 157-188

The fresh-produce industry, within which transnational corporations organize production in developing countries that lack strong labor unions employing indigenous and other vulnerable segments of the workforce, raises the question of how economic globalization...

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9: The Tobacco Trap: Obstacles to Trade Unionism in Malawi

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pp. 189-209

Based on ethnographic data on tobacco farmworkers and trade unionists in Malawi, this chapter analyzes child labor and labor organizing in Malawi’s tobacco sector. Malawi is economically reliant on tobacco growing and experiences...

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10: Concluding Thoughts

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pp. 211-224

The chapters in this book offer a valuable repertoire of ground-level portraits of the changing nature of the working class and its discontent, as well as some of the many disconnects between unions and workers in today’s era of neo-liberal and global capitalism...

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11: Afterword

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pp. 225-232

While the ethnographic studies collected here are not sufficiently broad or inclusive to comprise a comprehensive report on global labor or labor unions in general, there are sufficient similarities to draw some conclusions. All of the contributors recognize the importance...

Contributors

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pp. 233-235

Index

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pp. 237-239