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- DescriptionWhen NAFTA went into effect in 1994, many feared it would intensify animosity among North American unions, lead to the scapegoating of Mexican workers and immigrants, and eclipse any possibility for cross-border labor cooperation. But far from polarizing workers, NAFTA unexpectedly helped stimulate labor transnationalism among key North American unions and erode union policies and discourses rooted in racism. The emergence of labor transnationalism in North America presents compelling political and sociological puzzles: how did NAFTA, the concrete manifestation of globalization processes in North America, help deepen labor solidarity on the continent? In addition to making the provocative argument that global governance institutions can play a pivotal role in the development of transnational social movements, this book suggests that globalization need t undermine labor movements: collectively, unions can help shape how the rules governing the global ecomy are made.
- Author BiographyTamara Kay is Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, Massachusetts and Co-Director of Harvard's Transnational Studies Initiative. Her work centers on the political and legal implications of regional economic integration, transnationalism, and global governance. She is interested in how organizations and social movements - particularly labor and environmental movements, NGOs, and non-profits - respond and adapt to processes of regional economic integration and globalization. Professor Kay has published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review. She has worked as a consultant to the International Labour Organization, the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, and the United Farmworkers of America. At Harvard, she has affiliations with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
- PrizesShortlisted for American Sociological Association Sociology of Law Section Award 2013.
- Author(s)Tamara Kay
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication07/02/2011
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note5 b/w illus. 9 tables
- Weight450 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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