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Description - Grounding Globalization by Edward Webster

Widespread claims have been made on the emergence of a new labour internationalism in response to the growing insecurity created by globalization. However, when persons face conditions of insecurity - as a result of war, terrorism, environmental catastrophe, or insecurity in the workplace - they often turn inwards. During previous phases of global insecurity we witnessed the rise of fascism. What is distinctive about this book is that it grounds globalization in the everyday lives of workers, their households and their communities. It compares three towns, Orange in Australia, Changwon in South Korea, and Ezakheni in South Africa, and shows how the global restructuring of white goods corporations is creating a profound experience of insecurity within workers, their families and their communities. The book contains a warning. At times workers do turn inward and become fatalistic, even xenophobic. But there are also signs of hope. The book explores the possibilities of re-empowering labour through engaging space and scale in new ways. Workers are rising to the challenge of neoliberal globalization by attempting to globalize their own struggles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405129152
ISBN-10: 1405129158
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edward Webster

Edward Webster is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology of Work Unit (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Rob Lambert is the Chair of Labour Studies at UWA's Business School and is the Director of the Australian Global Studies Research Centre. Andries Bezuidenhout works as a senior researcher in the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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