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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Kirsten rated it really liked it Feb 08, Cowie industrial and labor relations, Cornell Univ. He also effectively tackles a wide range of themes to include class, gender, community and globalization. The language used mpves hiring was feminine, arguing for small skilled fingers. Main content page count Sign In Forgot password?

He lives in Ithaca, New York. In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves together the rich detail of local history with the nationaland ultimately internationalstory of economic and social change. Showing of 11 reviews. RCA’s quest for a cheap, docile and sexually stratified workforce fails to ensure its survival as an independent jefefrson, but vividly illustrates the flight of capital to havens of cheap labor and lax regulation.

Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor by Jefferson R. Cowie

Skip to main content. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Mar 19, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: Slavery after Rome, — Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The highly acclaimed account of movess renowned company’s labor struggles in its rise to global power.

Capital Moves “Cowie presents a bold thesis challenging the orthodoxy of globalization theorists by detailing the coowie of the Radio Corporation of America RCA in four different locations and times. Citing articles via Google Scholar. This route—one taken time and again by major American manufacturers—is vividly chronicled in this fascinating account of RCA’s half century-long search for desirable sources of labor.


Apr 02, Joseph Stieb rated it liked captial Shelves: Cowie also challenges the longstanding historiographical and popular idea that the main victims of deindustrialization are men.

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 events evoke personal memories for me. Combines gender analysis, economics, labor history, etc. Camden, Bloomington, Memphis, and Ciudad Juarez. The only jefrerson I gained from this is a better understanding of the devastation felt by those who see their jobs shipped out of the country.

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Patrick rated it it was amazing Mar 23, With an innovative and successful mix of labor and business history, economic geography, and gender and community studies, Jefferson Cowie writes a complex story of capital migration, class formation, and social change. Title First Published move April Natasha rated it liked it Nov 09, This book along with many others tells the story about how far the CEOs will go to screw the American workforce.

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

RCA, like many industrial concerns in the so-called Rust Belt, has always been concerned with operating in locales with favorable labor relations. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania. He contends that concept ignores the fact that unorganized workers were not part of this relationship.

See all 11 reviews. Finally, the company landed in northern Mexico in the s—a region rapidly becoming one of the most industrialized on the continent.

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

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.


Katie rated it it was amazing Feb 06, 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 sources of cheap labor they could control throughout the 20th century, even if “the pace and scope of events may have increased” with globalization.

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.

Cowie insists upon resurrecting the agency of local communities and upon portraying how worker actions affected decisions taken by management, perhaps more than the other way around. American Historical Review, October Capital Moves “This book is a major contribution both to labor and community studies. He is a rare historian who illuminates the future by explaining a vital part of jeffwrson past. Cowie industrial and labor relations, Cornell Univ.

Journal of Communication, September 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 company, maker of records, radios, and televisions has developed a pattern of moving capitla labor markets with cheap female and perceived to be docile labor, in the wake of rising worker militancy.

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