This book offers a timely analysis of work and labor processes and how they are rapidly changing under globalization. The contributors explore traditional sectors of the U.S. and world economies--from auto to steel to agriculture--as well as work under new production arrangements, such as third world export processing zones. They explain why more intensified forms of control by the state and by capital interests are emerging under globalization. Yet they also emphasize new possibilities for labor, including new forms of organizing and power sharing in a rapidly changing economy. Visit our website for sample chapters!
This excellent book opens the mysterious black box called 'globalization' and examines how the global economy has impacted ordinary people in the workplace. The essays included in this book provide important insights on the labor process and modes of work, the impact of globalization on the labor movement, on the terms of class conflict, and on the role of women and minorities in the labor force. This book will be extremely useful not only to faculty, but also for students as a supplementary text in advanced courses in political economy and labor studies. -- Howard Sherman, professor of economics, University of California, Riverside and visiting scholar in political science, UCLA Berch Berberoglu has edited a useful and intelligent text on the political economy of the labor process in the age of the ascendancy of global capitalism. The essays illustrate the varied forms of labor control and exploitation by the transnational corporations of the dominant imperialist states. Both in scope and depth, this book provides an informed and comprehensive overview of the field of labor studies in the age of imperialism. -- James Petras, Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton ..welcome addition to the bookshelf. ...rich quarries to track themes through indices, bibliographies and institutions. ...should be entered on reading lists for the sociology of work. ...will offer rich rewards in information, commentary and provocative ideas. International Sociology Review Labor and Capital in the Age of Globalization is a highly successful attempt in addressing the nature and dynamics of work in the global economy. The ten chapters that Berberoglu has edited provide the reader with a bird's eye view of the transformations that have been taking place in the labor process on a world scale. This important and timely book may well set the standard in both labor studies on the changing nature of work and relations between labor and capital in the age of globalization. -- Larry T. Reynolds, Department of Sociology, Central Michigan University