Book review of "Workers and Labour in a Globalized Capitalism: contemporary themes and theoretical issues" edited by Maurizio Atzeni. Houndmills, UK, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 978-230-30317-1

Leggett, Chris (2015) Book review of "Workers and Labour in a Globalized Capitalism: contemporary themes and theoretical issues" edited by Maurizio Atzeni. Houndmills, UK, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 978-230-30317-1. E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 4 (3). pp. 127-130.

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[Extract]: The overall theme of Workers and Labour in a Globalised Capitalism is set by the editor's introduction: 'Neo-liberal globalisation and interdisciplinary perspectives on labour and collective action'. His justification for the book is that the attention of researchers from overlapping disciplines is shifting away from 'non-conflictual visions of work associated with Human Resource Management…back to workers and labour'. Its aim is 'to provide a comprehensive set of theories, themes and issues…that can help reflect on the centrality of labour within the contemporary process of globalisation'. The underlying perspective of this book is that adopted by Gall for his contribution (Chapter 9: 'New forms of labour conflict; a transnational view'), i.e. 'a Marxist or radical one whereby it is assumed that there is a continual and unceasing conflict of interest between capital and labour over the terms of exploitation of labour by capital and the oppression that is involved in maintaining this exploitation'. Many contributors however challenge orthodox interpretations of Marx in order to explain, for example, new forms of worker resistance to the capitalist labour process.

Item ID: 41202
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 2280-4056
Keywords: capitalism, labour, work, neo-liberalism, Marx
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