In a time of heightened discussions about the hollowing out of the middle class, especially in the rural United States, Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class by Immanuel Ness provides an interesting understanding of the global scope of issues facing industrial working‐class individuals. In an era of globalization and multinational corporations, Ness examines the contraction of the working class in the Global North, while exploring the expansion of the working class of the Global South. Indeed, contrary to the contemporary Western view, the global industrial working class is at its largest size in history. Ness presents a unique understanding of how geographic differences and unique individual challenges of the industrial working class are attributed to the nexus of multinational corporations, governmental policy, and labor unions, and he does so through the use of three important and illuminating case studies of working‐class labor issues in India, China, and South Africa.The text is bookended by a well‐written, albeit at times repetitive, introduction and conclusion. These essential chapters provide an outstanding overview of the issues facing the working class, contrasting the experiences of the Global North and the Global South. In his introduction, Ness masterfully weaves together shifting demographics,
Rural Sociology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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