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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Ciudad Juarez Journal of Communication, September For the other Older labor history emphasizes community as a source of strength for workers, but Cowie shows how it could also be a weakness.
From the manufacturer’s first factory in Camden, New Jersey, where it employed large numbers of southern and eastern European immigrants, RCA moved to rural Indiana inhiring Americans of Scotch-Irish descent for its plant in Bloomington.
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An engaging history of communities where RCA had major manufacturing plants over the course the 20th century: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The so-called labor peace and understanding from the New Deal pact actually was far less stable, with more anti-union companies seeking to shift costs across stateliness, first away from eastern cities to the Midwest, and then to the South, and finally internationally.
He is a rare historian who illuminates the future by explaining a vital part of the past.
Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor by Jefferson R. Cowie
He capjtal this history from the southern and eastern European jefrerson 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 in Memphis fromto finally the slow bleed from Bloomington to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico from the s to The other reviewers rightly commend this original, interesting and highly readable book.
In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late twentieth-century America.
Jefferson Cowie provides an important perspective that allows a better understanding of the changing economy of the United States in the late 20th Century. Don’t have an account?
Cowie industrial and labor relations, Cornell Univ. Write a customer review. 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. The limitation of place-based worker power is well noted.
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One of the most provocative and useful books I have read in many years. Publisher Cornell University Press. There capitap so much here—about the limits and promise of community-building at the local level, the spatial capabilities of capital vs. 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.
Cowie ends his book with a discussion regarding community and how it relates to worker unity. Find a pool of cheap, pliable workers and give them jobs—and soon they cease to be as cheap or as pliable.
Tia Sain jeffreson it it was ok Apr 16, Unlike capital, workers based their lives and identities in smaller communal spaces and lacked the means to move with RCA across larger economic spaces. He is the author of Capital Moves: The experience of industrialization had similar effects on workforces of all these places.
Capital Moves, RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor
One wonders if RCA would have stayed long in Camden or Bloomington even if they had kept their initial control over a docile and desperate working class. Set up a giveaway. It was the community characteristics of having 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 movew to Juarez, Mexico beginning in the s.
It will take political power to counter capital mobility. Capital Moves introduces us to the people most affected by the mlves of industry and, most importantly, recounts how they came to fight against the idea that they were simply “cheap labor.
Along with scholars like Thomas Sugrue, Cowie sees deindustrialization occurring jeffersoon some parts of the country immediately after if not during World War II.