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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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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.

Jeferson time, growing dissatisfaction with low pay and poor conditions as well as a growing sense of empowerment drove workers to unionize and advocate for a better deal. Mason Matthews rated it liked it Dec 02, The Distances In Between.

Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change. It was the community characteristics of jefferskn a large pool of unemployed workers with limited wage expectations and no history of industrial 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.

Sugrue, University captal Pennsylvania. 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.

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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. Certainly anti-unionism triggered some of the plant closings that began in the s in the Rust Belt, but RCA actually tolerated the compliant unionism that they recognized in Bloomington and then in Juarez.


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.

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

Journal of Communication, September Capital Moves “This is a thought-provoking and innovative piece of scholarship that deserves a wide audience. Holly Genovese rated it liked it Dec 27, Apr 26, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Personal tools Log in.

This concept says that the New Deal and World War II forged a more balanced and congruous relationship that underwrote postwar prosperity and stability. Feb 26, Josh Stewart rated it did not like it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jeffeeson Designer Fashion Brands.

Katie rated it it was amazing Feb 06, 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. Citing articles mefferson Google Scholar. Find a pool of cheap, pliable workers and give them jobs—and soon they cease to be as cheap or as pliable. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Related articles in Google Scholar. Labor and Workplace Issues: Find a pool of cheap, pliable workers and give them jobs—and soon they cease to be as cheap or as pliable. Buy the selected items together This item: Camden, Bloomington, Memphis, and Ciudad Juarez. Yet it is the political sophistication of the workforces explored that would have been of most interest to this reader.


This is a well-researched, informative and well-documented study of how RCA decided to move its television production facilities in a search for docile, cheap labor. I found much of the language to be needlessly antagonistic to nefferson, but The limitation of place-based worker power is well noted.

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Journal of American History, June Capital Moves “The author brings to life through a well-written narrative and the skilful use of oral history. Capitl Preview See a Problem?

Sign me up for: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Views Page Discussion View source History. Glickman, University of South Carolina. In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late-twentieth-century America.

Along with scholars like Thomas Sugrue, Cowie sees deindustrialization occurring in some parts of the country immediately after if not during World War II.

Then, in the volatile s, the company relocated to Memphis where African Americans made up the core of the labor pool. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Books by Jefferson R.