Book Talk:  Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs 5391

Presented by Mark Anner, Penn State University, Industrial Relations

Discussant: Mark Sawyer, UC Los Angeles, Political Science


About the Book:

Solidarity Transformed provides an account of how labor unions in Latin America are developing new strategies to defend the interests of the workers they represent in dynamic global and local contexts. Anner combines in-depth case studies of the auto and apparel industries in El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil, and Argentina with survey analysis.

Altogether, he documents approximately seventy labor campaigns-both successful and failed-over a period of twenty years. Anner finds that four labor strategies have dominated labor activism in recent years: transnational activist campaigns; transnational labor networks; radical flank mechanisms; and microcorporatist worker-employer pacts. The choice of which strategy to pursue is shaped by the structure of global supply chains, access to the domestic political process, and labor identities.

Mark Anner spent ten years working with labor unions in Latin America and returned to conduct eighteen months of field research for this book. His presentation will provide updates and new developments based on recent field research in the region, including travel to El Salvador in March 2013.

About the Speakers:


Mark Anner

Mark Anner is an associate professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Political Science. And he is the director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Anner’s research examines labor responses to globalization in the auto and apparel industries, corporate social responsibility, and labor law reform and enforcement in Latin America. He is the author of Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America (Cornell University Press, 2011) and “Corporate Social Responsibility and Freedom of Association Rights: The Precarious Quest for Legitimacy and Control in Global Supply Chains” (Politics & Society, December 2012). His work has also been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, and European Journal of Industrial RelationsProfessor Anner was awarded the 2010 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2011 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the 2012 Luis Aparicio Emerging Scholar Prize from the International Labour and Employment Relations Association. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Anner was a union organizer in Boston and spent eleven years working with labor unions and labor research centers in Central America and Brazil.


Mark Sawyer

Mark Sawyer is currently a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at UCLA and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. In fall of 2005 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in December of 1999.

His current work includes a book entitled, Racial Politics in Post Revolutionary Cuba that was recently published by Cambridge University press.  His book received the DuBois Award for the best book by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. He has written articles on the intersection between race and gender in modern Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and additional work on the impact of race relations on democratic transition in Cuba.  He also has interest in the area of race, immigration and citizenship around the globe. He has published in the Journal of Political Psychology, Perspectives on Politics, SOULS, as well as the UCLA Journal of International and Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists



This event is cosponsored by the UCLA Political Science Department and the UCLA Latin American Institute