Labor and Labor Movements in Global History


Moving away from a traditional national approach to labor history, this course explores the connections between work, types of workers, workers' movements, labor ideologies, and labor politics from a global historical perspective. It focuses on the period from the mid-19th century until the present. This temporal focus corresponds to the first (c.1860-1930) and second (c.1980-present) ages of globalization. Global phenomena such as expanding world trade, international labor markets, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, imperialism, capital and labor mobility, and the spread of radical ideologies will be analyzed to assess their impact on the nature of work, labor relations systems, labor organization, and workers' collective action. This course will introduce students to key topics and themes in global labor history. These themes are varied and complex and range from working-class formation, immigration, state-labor relations, labor regimes, patterns of racialized and gendered work, competing labor ideologies, and transnational and transcontinental relations between workers in different regions of the world. The history of Latin American workers and labor movements will receive special attention.
Course Attributes: EN S; AS LCD; AS SSC; AS SD I; FA SSC; AR SSC; AS SC

Section 01

Labor and Labor Movements in Global History - 01
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