Transnational Labor History

Neville Kirk

in Workers Across the Americas

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731633
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894420 | DOI:
Transnational Labor History

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This chapter maintains that while the turn to transnationalism among historians in general and labor historians in particular is not new, it has recently developed a popularity and momentum often lacking in the past. It proceeds to consider the actual and potential strengths and weaknesses of transnational labor history. It argues that the former outweighs the latter. When combined with the adoption of a comparative perspective, and when integrating politico-economic concerns firmly into its framework, transnationalism offers labor historians a welcome opportunity to regenerate their field of study. Above all, perhaps, it requires us to widen our traditional, nationally based terms of reference and to rethink questions of place, space, connections, influences, continuity and change, and similarities and differences across national and subnational boundaries.

Keywords: transnational; labor; history; promise; perils

Chapter.  2286 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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