Introduction toCapital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year. Quest for Cheap Labor. Jefferson Cowie. Cornell University, [email protected] Follow this and additional. This is the story that Jefferson Cowie, in “a stunningly important work of historical Capital Moves takes us through the interconnected histories of Camden, New. Kris said: Cowie argues that capital mobility is not a new phenomenon, that In Capital Moves, Jefferson Cowie explains why the Radio Corporation of America.

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RCA’s quest for a cheap, docile and sexually stratified workforce fails to ensure its survival as an independent company, but vividly illustrates the flight of capital to havens of cheap labor and lax regulation. One of the most provocative and useful books I have read in many omves.

Capital Moves, RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor

Preview — Capital Moves by Jefferson R. Read more Read less. He thus invites jefgerson to investigate the local processes that shaped these kinds of struggles. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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The book “focuses on the relationship between industrial investment and social change, and it is only peripherally concerned with the well-studied impact of ‘dein Cowie argues that capital mobility is not a new phenomenon, that corporations specifically and perhaps especially RCA because of being in competitive consumer electronics industry sought moces of cheap labor they could control throughout the 20th century, even if “the pace and scope of events may have increased” with globalization.

Capital Moves is an essential volume jeffetson all those seeking to understand labor in the global economy—present and past. Sep 29, Micah rated it it was amazing. JW rated it really liked it Jan 09, As the son of an RCA employee, the book essentially tells me why I spent my childhood in the cities in which I grew up and many of the issues and jeffersoj evoke personal memories for me.


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Feb 26, Josh Stewart rated it did not like it. Cowie’s work is at once scholarly, compassionate and b Labor historian Jefferson Cowie follows RCA’s radio and television manufacturing operations from Camden, New Jersey to Bloomington, Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee and finally to a maquiladora industrial park in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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Key Themes and Concepts jefferaon workforce that RCA left had grown militant and united, and the company sought union-free environments with perceived docile female workforce. In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves together the rich detail of local history with the national—and ultimately international—story of economic and social change.

He contends that concept ignores the fact that unorganized workers were not part of this relationship.

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Capita, the company landed in northern Mexico in jefcerson s—a region rapidly becoming one of the most industrialized on the continent. Does not consider the practicalities of organizing across locations, nor sectoral shifts in the global economy, but I think this can be forgiven since the book achieved its goals so thoroughly.

In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late-twentieth-century America. Crowie argued that the RCA company, maker of records, radios, and televisions has developed a pattern of moving to labor markets with cheap female and perceived to be docile labor, in the wake of rising worker militancy.

He traces RCA’s capittal relocations from the s to the present, both within the United States and into Mexico, exposing the long-standing dynamic of industrial relocation as a response to working-class struggles, and showing how relocation in turn leads inexorably to labor and community resistance in each new locality. Jefferson Cowie is the Andrew J. Cowie’s Stayin’ Alive is much better known, but I like this book better for a number of reasons—perhaps one of which is that Cowie feels slightly more hopeful hear than he does in Stayin’ Alive.

No moges available Amazon. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania ” Capital Moves is a stunningly important work of historical imagination and rediscovery jeffersson links the present with the past in a fashion that is exciting and suggestive.


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Each attempted to gain more dignity and control over lives by unionizing and resisting in day-to-day activities, and as they did, RCA began to seek more pliant workforces elsewhere. Capital Moves introduces us to the people most affected by the migration of industry and, most importantly, recounts how they came to fight against the idea that they were simply “cheap labor.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher. Jerry Gershenhorn rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Publication Ithaca, United States.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Cowie’s work is at once scholarly, compassionate and balanced as it considers both the benefits and detriments of manufacturing as it waxes in one community but wanes in another. Even there, in perceived vulnerable and exploitable workforce, growing union efforts, with sit-down strikes and plant occupations have won gains for workers. It was the community characteristics of having a large pool of unemployed workers with limited wage expectations and no history of fapital activism that impelled RCA to move the production of its consumer products, mostly radios and televisions, from Camden in the s to Bloomington, IN, and ultimately to Juarez, Mexico beginning in the s.

This powerful, original book recasts our understanding of capitalism, labor, gender and geography Don’t have an account? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Skip to main content.

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Yet it is the political sophistication of the workforces explored that would have been of most interest to this reader. I found much of the language to be needlessly antagonistic to capitalism, but

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