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Mary C. Rawlinson is professor of philosophy and affiliated faculty in comparative literature and women’s and gender studies at Stony Brook University.
Wim Vandekerckhove is senior lecturer in organizational behavior at the University of Greenwich, Work and Employment Relations Unit (WERU).
Ronald M.S. Commers is professor emeritus of moral philosophy and value inquiry and chairman emeritus at the Center for Ethics and Value Inquiry, Ghent University.
Tim R. Johnston is manager of education and training for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.
Foreword: Laboring in the Darkness of Global Justice, Edward S. Casey
Introduction, Wim Vandekerckhove
Part I. No Justice without Labor
Chapter 1. Putting Labor on the Global Justice Agenda: The Juggernaut of Capital Accumulation
and the Global Assault on Labor Standards, Ronald M.S. Commers
Chapter 2. Meaningful Work: Labor, Gender, and Justice after Globalization, Mary C. Rawlinson
Part II. Citizenship, Democracy, and Global Justice
Chapter 3. Laboring with Others, Franc Rottiers
Chapter 4. Trade Unionism and Theories of Global Justice, John Pearson
Chapter 5. The Collapse of State Socialism in the ‘Soviet Bloc’ and Global Labor Migration,
Part II. Justice across Borders?
Chapter 6. Labor Migration and Justice: An Analysis of the Labor Migration Policy of the
European Union, Patrick Loobuyk
Chapter 7. Justice for the “Other” Caregivers: Addressing the Epistemic Dimension of Injustice,
Chapter 8. Hidden Data, Hidden Victims: Trafficking in the Context of Globalisation and Labor
exploitation—The Case of Vietnam, Ramona Vijeyarasa
Part III. Laboring for Global Justice: The Role of Labor in Achieving Social Equity Under Globalization
Chapter 9. Resistance To Work and at The Workplace: A Blind Spot For French Sociology Of
Work?, Stephen Bouquin
Chapter 10. Global Justice Norms Versus Interest Representation? British Unions and
International Solidarity, Charles Umney
Chapter 11. Strike, Protest, Occupy, and Vote: Austerity Politics and Resistance to Neoliberal
Social Engineering in Greece, Lefteris Kretsos
This is an outstanding and timely volume, essential to understanding contemporary labor issues. It is an impressive interdisciplinary study and a critical contribution, which is a must-read for scholars and students interested in ethics and labor practices in the capitalist world economy.
— Eric Mielants, Fairfield University
Labor and Global Justice shows that at the heart of the process of economic globalization is the decades’ old practice of sidelining labor. Without a mobile and often stateless mass of vulnerable workers, there would be no global triumph of capitalism and unfettered markets. Labor’s vulnerability is the very flip side of neoliberal globalization. The authors of the essays here point the way forward, from the precarious lives of laborers today to the conditions for meaningful work and dignified lives.
— Noelle C. McAfee, Emory University
This collection raises important questions about the position of labor in a globalized world. Without strong global trade unions, what options do we have for protecting the rights of workers? Are there global mechanisms that can be invoked to protect the weak and vulnerable? The essays presented here stimulate further discussion of this urgent, but sometimes neglected, issue.
— Peter Singer, Princeton University