Paperback, 220 pages
Released: January 1999
Edited by Ellen Meiksins Wood, Peter Meiksins and Michael Yates
Big changes in the global economy and world politics have put new questions on the table for labor movements around the world. Can workers regain the initiative against the tidal wave of corporate downsizing and government cutbacks? Can unions revive their ranks and reignite the public imagination? Is labor rising from the ashes?
Rising from the Ashes? sets these crucial questions in global context, connecting and contrasting new developments in the United States to recent trends abroad—from Mexico to Asia, from Canada to Eastern Europe.
Rising from the Ashes? takes on the hottest issues being debated by scholars and labor activists, including the changing composition of the international working class, patterns of work under contemporary capitalism, the relationship of race and gender to class, the promise and limitations of recent eruptions of labor militancy, and the strategic options available to working people in an age of “global” capitalism.
Contributors include union leaders as well as movement builders outside the mainstream, and scholars as well as activists. Without parallel in its international coverage and analytic sophistication, Rising from the Ashes? provides a fresh, radical assessment of labor today.
Part 1: Labor and Class in a Changing World
- LABOR, CLASS, AND STATE IN GLOBAL CAPITALISM by Ellen Meiksins Wood
- TALKING ABOUT WORK by Doug Henwood
- SAME AS IT EVER WAS? THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORKING CLASS by Peter Meiksins
- ON GENDER AND CLASS IN U.S. LABOR HISTORY by Johanna Brenner
Part 2: The American Scene: Prospects and Problems
- AMERICAN LABOR: A MOVEMENT AGAIN? by Kim Moody
- ORGANIZING THE UNORGANIZED: WILL PROMISES BECOME PRACTICES? by Fernando Gapasin
- RACE AND LABOR ORGANIZTION IN THE UNITED STATES by Michael Goldfield
- CLASS, COMMUNITY, AND EMPIRE: TOWARD AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST STRATEGY FOR LABOR by Eric Mann
- LABOR EDUCATION IN THE MAELSTROM OF CLASS STRUGGLE by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Part 3: A World to Win?
- WORKER INSURGENCY, RURAL REVOLT, AND THE CRISIS OF THE MEXICAN REGIME by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui
- COMMUNISTS AND WORKERS IN EX-COMMUNIST EUROPE by Peter Gowan
- EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: IMPASSE OR MODEL? by Gregory Albo and Chris Roberts
- THE ICFTU AND THE POLITICS OF COMPROMISE by Gerard Greenfield
- NOTES ON LABOR AT THE END OF THE CENTURY: STARTING OVER? by Sam Gindin