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TFW; Labour in a Global World

Case Studies from the White Goods Industry in Africa, South America, East Asia and Europe

Theo Nichols og Surhan Cam

Palgrave 2005. 264 s. ISBN 1403939799
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Pre-publication endorsements’This book makes an innovative contribution to our understanding of the ways in which workers across the world experience both the dynamic and uneven character of contemporary globalisation. The authors develop a systematic comparison of work and employment relations in factories in the same sector across many countries, and set this in the context of both national political and market conditions and wider international processes of market rivalry and corporate concentration. As such they demonstrate the great value of a comparative approach to contemporary industrial change.’ - Tony Elger, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK
DescriptionThis book gets behind much generality about globalisation to examine the production of relatively familiar commodities such as refrigerators and ovens in different countries. By considering a range of countries - China, Taiwan and South Korea, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey - it makes a substantive contribution to the understanding of the diffusion of management methods, the role of the state in employee relations, the nature of trade unionism and the impact of social structure on production relations.

Contents List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
The World of White Goods - Markets, Industry Structure and Dynamics
The View from the UK: Mature Markets, High Imports and Other Problems
South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe: White Goods in Post-Colonial Societies
China: The Rise of the Foreign Investment and the Transformation of Labour Relations
Taiwan: The Disappearance of the ‘Golden Tale’ - Employment Relations in a Japanese Joint Venture
Turkey: White Goods in the ‘EU Periphery’
Brazil: Between Global Trends and National Politics - Restructuring and Workers’ Responses
Labour in a Global World - Some Comparisons
Index
Author BiographiesTHEO NICHOLS is Distinguished Research Professor, in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK. He has written widely in the general field of economic sociology, including ownership and control, management and management ideology, class consciousness, productivity and industrial injuries. His latest book, on Turkish workers and modern industry, Global Management and Local Labour (written with Nadir Sugur) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2004.

SURHAN CAM was formerly Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is currently Research Fellow at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, where he is engaged in a survey on the problem-solving strategies of unorganised workers in Britain. He has a special interest in neo-liberalism.