Latin American Labor Organizations

Latin American Labor Organizations

Latin American Labor Organizations

Latin American Labor Organizations

Synopsis

"An indispensable work for any collection on Latin America, Greenfield and Maram, both professional Latin American historians, have performed a remarkable service for scholars, journalists, students, and the interested lay public. . . . The focus of the individual chapters is on labor organizations, and the information assembled on the various unions, cooperatives, sindicatos, and mutual aid societies is invaluable. . . . The index, itself 98 pages, makes the book even more valuable for the casual or serious researcher. As a resource tool, this volume cannot be too highly recommended." Choice

Excerpt

The labor movement in Latin America is more than a century old. Yet students and specialists often have to scour dozens of sources simply to acquire basic information on the history and activities of the movement's labor unions. Indeed, if one were to confine oneself to the secondary sources in the field, for many of the region's nations it would rarely be possible to identify even the principal unions. To be sure, several good historians of Latin American labor do exist, but these tend to be global rather than country specific. and even those focusing on individual nations concern themselves largely with outlining general patterns of labor development. Such mundane details as a comprehensive listing of their names and important activities--matters essential to students and scholars-- remain largely uncovered. To put it baldly, Latin American labor history lacks a convenient, accessible, comprehensive reference work in English.

This book attempts to fill that gap by providing fundamental reference material on the region's most significant labor organizations. Each chapter concentrates on the history of a single nation's labor organizations. Chapters begin with general essays that place the labor movement within the context of the country's historical and sociopolitical development. Biographies on each of the nation's most important labor organizations follow, providing succinct discussions of their origins, development, and activities. Chapters also include a bibliography to provide suggestions for further study. Appendices include information on international labor organizations that have played an important role in Latin America, country- by-country time lines focusing on the development of organized labor, and a select glossary of terms and notable people.

Throughout this work, readers may note an asymmetry in coverage. Some chapters provide extensive listings of labor organizations, while others present relatively few. This same pattern appears within individual chapters, where biographies for some unions run to several pages and for others to only a few . . .

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