Authors Meet Their Critics. Three New Perspectives in Global Labour Studies. Session with Rina Agarwala, Ruy Braga and Jamie Mccallum

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:20 PM
Room: Booth 41
RC44 Labor Movements (host committee)

Language: English

This session brings three important new books in the field of global labour studies in dialogue with each other: Rina Agarwala’s Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignifying Discontent in India (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Ruy Braga’s A Política do Precariado (Boitempo, 2012) Jamie McCallum’s Global Unions, Local Power (Cornell University Press, 2013) Each book focuses on a new agent of capitalist transformation – from informal and precarious workers to global unions – and examines how they attempt to reconfigure the balance of power between labour, capital and the state in particular local and national contexts. Each book also provides critical theoretical and empirical insight into kinds of economic and political challenges facing workers and labour unions in the new global order, paving the way for the development of new areas of research inquiry. This session will not only bring the authors together with its critics, but it will also bring authors in dialogue with each other in an innovative panel format.
Session Organizers:
Jennifer Jihye CHUN, University of Toronto, Canada and Peter B. EVANS, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Book Critic for Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignifying Discontent in India (Oral Presentation)
Ruth MILKMAN, City University of New York, USA

Book Critic for Global Unions, Local Power (Oral Presentation)
Edward WEBSTER, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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