'Interface: A Journal of and for Social Movements' is a rather new movement-oriented open-access online academic journal. If you want to familiarise yourself with the new global social movements, this is not a bad site to link to. I am trying to ensure that labour is present here, explaining my report on labour at the last World Social Forum. Someone else will have to cover the next one, early 2011 in Dakar, Senegal, because I won't be… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 30, 2010 at 20:33 —
The 'informal sector', or 'small and medium enterprises', have been the best hope of the international financial institutions, who thought that they would either provide a cushion for those forced out of the 'formal sector', or the springboard for entry into that sector.
The onward, backward or downward spiral of a globalised, informatised and neo-liberalised capitalism appears to not be the answer, at least in India.
Now read… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 25, 2010 at 18:05 —
This represents an online compilation in the making. Or, perhaps, I should say that by putting it up on UnionBook it is an online compilation. Full stop.
Any response or reaction welcome.
Now read on:
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Added by peter waterman on November 24, 2010 at 16:57 —
Pricey they may be but the books in this series appear to represent a new wave of work on unions internationally and even international unionism.
Why 'explosive'? Because they appear - on an admitedly fast scan - to be surpassing the bounds of traditional labour studies, whether right, centre or left.
I have three of them for review purposes and hope to do a…
Added by peter waterman on November 24, 2010 at 15:52 —
South Korea seems to demonstrate (in more senses than one) the combination of union and social movement issues, organisations and international solidarity that are elsewhere thin on the ground. Access to continuing information on the Anti-G20 movement can be found at the URL posted at the end of this piece.Now read on:…
Added by peter waterman on November 15, 2010 at 8:59 —
It occurs to me we need a Books page on UnionBook, with some such title as the above. This would carry original or copied reviews, extracts, puffs (= friendly recommendations), publishers' lists, review articles (more than one book), etc.
Not sure I would want to launch and promote this group page myself?
Volunteers? Counter proposals?
Added by peter waterman on November 13, 2010 at 10:00 —
Radically innovative labour studies seem to be pouring out right now. I really can't keep track of them even if I try. The two below seem likely to belong to this category. Both welcome to me in so far as 1) I have been long arguing for the necessity of a 'new social movement unionism', or 'new social unionism' and 2) because the anarchist tradition was buried by social-democratic and communist traditions during most of the 20th century.
Now read on:… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 13, 2010 at 7:08 —
Another experiment in 'attach fileing'. I seem to recall this provocative/subversive poster accompanying an item from the Australian 'Links' site, where it also accompanied a relevant piece on the Left and consumption.
Now click on!Anti-Consump.doc
Added by peter waterman on November 12, 2010 at 10:17 —
Le Monde diplomatique, English Edition, December 2010
New economic territory
A permanent state of emergency
The explosion of anger seen on the streets of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Bucharest is a sign of people's exasperation and desire for change,… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 12, 2010 at 10:05 —
This is the 13pp newsletter of RC44, the Labour and Sociology group within the American Sociological Association. The newsletter itself is full of information and ideas, as well as news of events and short book announcements.
If interested in the latest in labour studies, take a look.
Now click on or paste in:… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 11, 2010 at 14:34 —
Trevor Ngwane is one of the outstanding working-class intellectuals in South Africa, a long-time participant in World Social Forum events, presently working for an academic qualification at the Centre for Civil Society Durban.
Now read on...…
Added by peter waterman on November 11, 2010 at 14:30 —
Global Restructuring, Labour and the Challenges for Transnational Solidarity
Edited by Andreas Bieler, Ingemar Lindberg
* Price: $125.00
* Binding/Format: Hardback
* ISBN: 978-0-415-58083-0
* Publish Date: September 22nd 2010
* Imprint: Routledge
* Pages: 280 pages
Series: Rethinking Globalizations
* Author Bio
Added by peter waterman on November 11, 2010 at 14:18 —
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Although unauthored, I am guessing that this contribution is not an official one of the TNI but, possibly, of UK feminist-socialist thinker/activist, Hilary Wainright. I say this knowing of her involvement with the Newcastle project mentioned below as well as her knowledge of Latin American developments. I will be asking TNI to inform us about the author and the conference referred to. I hope to respond to this piece in a week or two, but…
Added by peter waterman on November 9, 2010 at 17:45 —
Added by peter waterman on November 9, 2010 at 15:08 —
I'm having trouble copying to this page a lovely image, so will post this elsewhere on UB. Whilst waiting for this to happen, why not read the article anyway. It is from the great Australian left website, Links.…
Added by peter waterman on November 8, 2010 at 11:30 —
Congratulations, Eric. I, too, have found that whilst GoogleTrans has a low level of class consciousness, it nonethless 1) delivers an impression of the original text (if without too many metaphors or technical terms) and 2) a significant aid to a more accurate translation.
If, for example, I have to translate an English text into Spanish, I am likely to first use GoogleTrans and then work on the (broken) Spanish it delivers me.
It will be interesting to see whether… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 8, 2010 at 11:16 —
Social Networking: Is Malcolm Gladwell Right That It's Useless for Social Change?
[This article is dedicated to the late Tim Costello, who taught us so much about…
Added by peter waterman on November 7, 2010 at 18:52 —
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Beyond Solidarity. Students and Workers in France
By MARIATERESA CURCIO
Another intense week of blocks, actions, strikes and demonstrations against a pension reform that would raise retirement age from 60 to 62 years has come to an end. Even if the numbers in the 6th inter-professional… Continue
Added by peter waterman on November 5, 2010 at 21:32 —
Although from around 2007, I needed this item online so I can refer folk to it and also to show them what one can do on or with UnionBook. Hopefully other UB'ers might find it provocative also.
Now read on:…
Added by peter waterman on November 3, 2010 at 20:44 —