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Current Issue

Volume 45 Number 1 (2012)

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION DE LA RÉDACTRICE

Suzanne Dansereau

This Special Issue of Labour, Capital and Society on New Voices on Labour Precarity and Resistance / Nouvelles voix sur la précarité du travail et sur la résistance ouvrière, with the help of contributing editors Aziz Choudry and Thomas Collombat, might seem to mark a departure from our regular focus on labour issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America given the presentation of cases in Canada, the United States and Europe. Yet the focus on greater labour precarity, new forms of organizing and resistance in several countries of the North further contributes to our understanding of the effects of neoliberal globalization on workers and communities.

The articles focus on the increased precarity of employment that disproportionally affects marginalised, migrant and immigrant workers. As the practice of guest workers is receiving growing acceptance in countries of the North, many of these workers are from low-wage countries of the South and examining this issue allows us to further strengthen the North/South nexus. This issue also offers another view of current working conditions which is requiring workers to be mobile, in addition to being flexible, whether within their own country or across borders. This is further explored in an article that brings together workers in Toronto and San Salvador, each group facing different versions of neoliberal austerity. Finally, the articles also examine the nature of worker precarity brought about by the increased role of temporary employment agencies and home-based work in the care sector, especially among child care workers. Yet in spite of what might be considered a grim picture of new working conditions and consistent threats against established labour organizations, the authors strike a hopeful note as they explore new forms of organizing and especially the growth of worker resistance that is emerging from these new forms of work.

In addition to our thanks to the Contributing Editors, we extend our gratitude to the authors and especially to several new book reviewers. Again please note the new books available for review on the last page of the issue. We look forward to receiving expressions of interest to review these new books.

Thanks this issue go to copyeditors Jennifer Wilcox and Gul Rukh Selim and Mehjabeen Alarakhia for layout and visual presentation. We are fortunate yet again to Adam Cohn for his great photos of workplace realities, this time in Rwanda.


Editor’s Introduction / Introduction de la rédactrice
SUZANNE DANSEREAU

Introduction to the Special Issue: New Voices on Labour Precarity and Resistance / Nouvelles voix sur la précarité du travail et sur la résistance ouvrière
AZIZ CHOUDRY and THOMAS COLLOMBAT

The Labour of Liminality (Abstract)
GRETCHEN PURSER

Agents of Misfortune: Contextualizing Migrant and Immigrant Workers' Struggles Against Temporary Labour Recruitment Agencies (Abstract)
AZIZ CHOUDRY and MOSTAFA HENAWAY

Worker Self-Organization in the New Economy:The AFL-CIO’s Experience in Movement Building with Community-Labour Partnerships (Abstract)
ANA AVENDAÑO and JONATHAN HIATT

Mitigating Precarious Employment in New York City’s Home-Based Child Care Sector (Abstract)
SIMON BLACK

Precarization of Working Conditions in Toronto and San Salvador through 2010:
Workers’ Self-Organizing and Transnational Labour in Times of Crisis (Abstract)
CHRIS VANCE

Quelle représentation sociopolitique pour les travailleurs frontaliers au Luxembourg et dans la « Grande Région » ? (Resume)
FRANZ CLÉMENT

BOOK REVIEWS / COMPTES RENDUS

Mary Davis.
Comrade or Brother? A History of the British Labour Movement. London: Pluto Press, 2009. 304pp.
Ronaldo Munck


Allan Engler.
Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism

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Gregory Elliot.
Ends in Sight: Marx /Fukuyama /Hobsbawm /Anderson
Rosalind Hampton

Bill Freund and Harald Witt. (Eds.).
Development Dilemmas in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Review.
Caitlin Blaser

Raymond Suttner.
The ANC Underground in South Africa.
Rachel Sandwell

Cover photograph: Cutting Lumber
Photographer: Adam Cohn. http://www.adamcohn.com
 

Cutting Lumber
In Rwanda and Uganda, trees growing along the roadsides are selected for cutting into lumber. Lumbermen fell a few trees from which they build a structure on which logs are placed. The trees are then trimmed to create two flat surfaces; lines marked along the surfaces and cleats placed at the ends of the log. One man stands below the structure and another on top, and using a long, two-man crosscut saw, the two lumbermen reduce the log to lumber.

 

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