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Labour Internationalism in the Global South

Labour Internationalism in the Global South
The SIGTUR Initiative

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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108480918

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  • Labour internationalism is often viewed as impossible or inevitable, depending upon political perspective. O'Brien argues for a more nuanced, diverse understanding of labour internationalism, identifying six different 'faces', shaped by the national or global orientation of particular groups in the fields of production, regulation and ideas. Providing a general view of labour's global activity and a case study of the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR), the book illustrates how the productive and regulatory structures of the global economy are pushing labour internationalism in particular directions. It details how leftist unions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, the Philippines, South Africa, and South Korea have tried to bridge their differences and launch collective actions. Drawing upon twenty years of participant observation, O'Brien reveals a specific Global South approach based upon anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism and empathetic internationalism.

    • The first major examination of modern labour internationalism in the Global South
    • Includes an in depth analysis of the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR), based on twenty years of participant observation
    • Develops a 'six faces' theoretical approach to labour internationalism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108480918
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Six faces of labour internationalism
    2. The national prism
    3. The global prism
    4. The origins and faces of SIGTUR
    5. Building the SIGTUR identity and community
    6. SIGTUR's mobilising structures and repertoire
    7. Evolving labour internationalisms

  • Author

    Robert O'Brien, McMaster University, Ontario
    Robert O'Brien is Professor of Political Science at McMaster University, Ontario. He is a founding and consulting editor of the online open access Global Labour Journal, and author of several books, including Contesting Global Governance (with Anne Marie Goetz, Jan Aart Scholte, and Marc Williams, Cambridge, 2000).

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