Globalization is transforming the world in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. It is often assumed that social movements, such as that of labour, will simply be overwhelmed by these changes. The contributions in this volume point to this conclusion as at best premature and possibly also misguided. The text is split into three parts, globalization, spatial dimensions and social dimensions, each of which contains four chapters. Each chapter offers a perspective from differing spatial and social realities thus providing the reader with a balanced overview of the development of labour-based challenge to the ravages of globalization.
RONALDO MUNCK is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Born and educated in Argentina, Ronaldo went on to do a PhD at the Unversity of Essex on the Brazilian Military Coup in 1964. Since then he has published widely on Latin America, from the best-selling Politics and Dependency in the Third World: The Case of Latin America (1984) to Contemporary Latin America (forthcoming). He is currently Senior Editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research as well as an editor of the US journal Latin American Perspectives, and has been engaged to edit a book series on globalization for the Kumarian Press in the USA.