With developments in media technologies creating new opportunities and challenges for social movements to emerge and mobilize, this book is a timely and necessary examination of how organized labour and workers movements are engaging with this shifting environment. Based on extensive empirical research into emerging migrant and low-wage workers movements and their media practices, this book takes a critical look at the nature of worker resistance to ever-growing global corporate power in a digital age. Situating trade unionism in historical context, the book considers other forms of worker organizations and unionism, including global unionism, social movement unionism, community unionism, and syndicalist unionism, all of which have become increasingly relevant in a digitized world-system. At a time when the labour movement is said to be in crisis, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of the labour movement, the future of unions, and the possibilities for challenging corporate exploitation of workers today.
Lina Dencik (PhD, Goldsmiths) is Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. She is the author of Media and Global Civil Society (2012) and co-editor, with Oliver Leistert, of Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation (2015). Peter Wilkin (PhD, Southampton) is Reader in the School of Social Sciences at Brunel University. He is the author of The Political Economy of Global Communication (2001) and co-editor, with Mark Lacy, of Global Politics in the Information Age (2006).
Contents: Labour, Media and Globalisation - Trade Unions, the Labour Movement and the First Wave of Globalisation - Labour and the Second Wave of Globalisation - Digitising the World-System - Social Media, Digital Activism and Labour Movements - Worker Resistance in the New Protest Environment - The Globalising of the Justice for Janitors Movement - Fast Food Forward - From Industrial Power to Public Image - The Domestic Workers Movement - Connecting Informal Labour - Online Labour Activism and State-Corporate Control - Re-Imagining Worker Resistance in the Twenty-First Century.