Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609895 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609901 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Where are the Unions?

Workers and Social Movements in Latin America, Middle East and Europe

Edited by Sian Lazar

Where are the Unions?

Edited by Sian Lazar

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609895 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609901 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
The start of this century has been marked by global demands for economic justice. From the wave that swept through Latin America to the Arab revolutions and the Occupy and anti-austerity movements in Europe and North America, the past twenty years have witnessed the birth of a new type of mass mobilization. Looking closely at this worldwide push for change, Where are the Unions? is the first book to compare the challenges faced by movements in Latin America with those in the Arab world and Europe.
 
As the contributors to this volume show, workers’ strikes and protests played a critical role in these mass movements, yet their role has been significantly understated in many narratives of these events.  Where are the Unions? corrects this oversight by focusing on the complex interactions among organized workers, the unemployed, the self-employed, youth, students, and the state, while critically assessing the concept of the precariat—the social class made up of people without job security. With contributions from four continents, this is the most comprehensive look at the global context of mass mobilization within the last two decades.
 
Review Quotes
Pnina Werbner, coauthor of Debating Cultural Hybridity
“This superb collection combines a radical, activist-inspired vision with up-to-date scholarship and theoretical insight. Bringing together in-depth analyses of specific case studies from different national contexts, the book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of current labor conflicts.”
Don Kalb, University of Bergen
“This may be the single most important set of studies to come out of recent worldwide mobilizations. It tells us what the Left has to learn about labor if we are to take on the specter of the populist Right.”
Immanuel Ness, City University of New York

“This book is pivotal to understanding global social movements. Sian Lazar has impressively drawn examples from around the world, demonstrating that resisting union bureaucracy and government authoritarianism is essential to creating enduring democratic structures. Essential for students of social movements.”

Maple Razsa, author of Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics after Socialism
“This desperately needed collection turns a crucial analytic lens on our current era of global uprisings. Richly comparative and with a broad historical frame, it makes clear that workers will remain pivotal to movements for other possible futures.”
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