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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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Fundamentally, Cowie reinforces the need for labour historians and industrial relations scholars to consider both the spatial and temporal dimensions of work.

Capital Moves

Provides an outstanding overview of why factories move, and the experiences of the people who are effected. Email alerts New issue alert. See and discover other items: American Historical Review, October Capital Moves “This book is a major contribution both to labor and community studies.

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. I found much of the language to be needlessly antagonistic to capitalism, but It is not case-sensitive. By showing how and why industry migrated within national boundaries before crossing them, Capital Moves shows how many of the issues we associate with globalization have historical roots deep in the twentieth century.

In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves jfferson the rich detail of local history with the national—and ultimately international—story of ccowie and social change. He traces this history from the southern and eastern European immigrants unionizing in the s with United Electrical Workers in Camden NJ, to Scotch-Irish workers in Bloomington IN from the s on, with a brief interlude to the growing militancy of African-American workers Crowie argued that the RCA capjtal, 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.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. Cowie shows the economic, social, and political factors behind these decisions, how the coming and going of factories impacted communities, and how those communities adapted to this process. Read reviews that mention jefferson cowie workers labor bloomington camden company mexico plant production america juarez management.

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This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Capital Moves is must reading for those who want to understand the forces that have reshaped the American and global economies over the last half century. He emphasizes that RCA did not move simply because of macro-economic factors such the cost of labor in different places.

Cowie’s study of RCA, though, shows that U. An engaging history of communities where RCA had major manufacturing plants over the course the 20th century: Apr 02, Joseph Stieb rated it liked it Shelves: He challenges labor historians to rethink numerous aspects of labor history, especially how capital mobility in an increasingly globalized economy has shifted the balance of power between labor and capital.

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

Why, find another poor community desperate for work. He also effectively tackles a wide range of themes to include class, gender, community and globalization.


For the other Related articles in Google Scholar. This powerful, original book recasts our understanding of capitalism, labor, gender, and geography. The book is most significant in demonstrating that the cross-border moves to Mexico by RCA were little different from their earlier trans-regional moves.

Cowie’s work is at once scholarly, compassionate and b Labor historian Jefferson Cowie follows RCA’s radio and jefferrson manufacturing operations from Camden, Jeffefson Jersey to Bloomington, Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee and finally to a maquiladora industrial park in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Capital Moves is a stunningly movex work of historical imagination and rediscovery which links the present with the past in a fashion that is exciting and suggestive To Serve God and Wal-Mart: Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania ” Capital Moves is a stunningly important work of historical imagination and rediscovery that links the present with the past in a fashion that is exciting and suggestive.

Get to Know Us. Sarah rated it liked it May 18, Cowie also investigates the ideas of gender and culture.

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Lists with This Book. By the mids RCA management backed the company into a very tight box and it was either voluntarily sell the company or wait for a possible hostile takeover. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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This insightful book deserves attention from anyone interested in cross-border organizing. If labor and its policymaking allies are to counterbalance multinational corporations, they must integrate their efforts worldwide.