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Southern Insurgency – The Coming of the Global Working Class

Southern Insurgency – The Coming of the Global Working Class ER Book review 39,4 Immanuel Ness Pluto Press London XII+225pp. (index) US$ 28.00; £15.00; €20.30 ISBN: 9780745336008 (pbk) Keywords Workplace, Outsourcing, Migrant workers, Capitalist systems, Transnational companies, Trade union recognition Review DOI 10.1108/ER-03-2017-0060 The Global South and its new working class[1] Perhaps long before Gorz’s(1982) seminal Farewell to the Working Class many have started wondering where – if anywhere – the once mighty working class went. Did the working class simply disappear? Was it absorbed into Galbraith’s (1958) petit-bourgeois middle class of an “Affluent Society” with, as Marcuse (1966/1991) predicted, a one-dimensional non-class consciousness? Others wondered whether Karl Marx’s forecast of rising class conflicts leading to the inevitable overthrow of capitalism’s class society was simply a fallacy. Perhaps the Fordist “big-labour-big-capital” class compromise had successfully appeased and repressed the working class (Aglietta, 2000; Pearson, 2016)? Or was it Ford’s second invention of mass production linked to mass consumerism, supported through the rising ideological power of corporate mass media, that incorporated the working class into Althusser’s (1984) ideological consumerist apparatus of capitalism? Here workers service their mortgages while seeking the next model car rather than engaging in strikes, revolts, and revolutions. Was all this possible despite the fact that the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Employee Relations: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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ER Book review 39,4 Immanuel Ness Pluto Press London XII+225pp. (index) US$ 28.00; £15.00; €20.30 ISBN: 9780745336008 (pbk) Keywords Workplace, Outsourcing, Migrant workers, Capitalist systems, Transnational companies, Trade union recognition Review DOI 10.1108/ER-03-2017-0060 The Global South and its new working class[1] Perhaps long before Gorz’s(1982) seminal Farewell to the Working Class many have started wondering where – if anywhere – the once mighty working class went. Did the working class simply disappear? Was it absorbed into Galbraith’s (1958) petit-bourgeois middle class of an “Affluent Society” with, as Marcuse (1966/1991) predicted, a one-dimensional non-class consciousness? Others wondered whether Karl Marx’s forecast of rising class conflicts leading to the inevitable overthrow of capitalism’s class society was simply a fallacy. Perhaps the Fordist “big-labour-big-capital” class compromise had successfully appeased and repressed the working class (Aglietta, 2000; Pearson, 2016)? Or was it Ford’s second invention of mass production linked to mass consumerism, supported through the rising ideological power of corporate mass media, that incorporated the working class into Althusser’s (1984) ideological consumerist apparatus of capitalism? Here workers service their mortgages while seeking the next model car rather than engaging in strikes, revolts, and revolutions. Was all this possible despite the fact that the

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Employee Relations: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 5, 2017

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