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Organizing Insurgency: Workers’ Movements in the Global South

April 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm BST

‘In these depressing times, when the neoliberal consensus has acquired an aura of inevitability akin to the Laws of Physics, it is a breath of fresh air to read serious scholarship that challenges this consensus’ – Norman Finkelstein

Join Immanuel Ness and a wide-ranging panel for this special launch event to mark the release of Immanuel’s new book Organizing Insurgency: Workers’ Movements in the Global South, published by Pluto Press.

Workers in the Global South are doomed through economic imperialism to carry the burden of the entire world. While these workers appear isolated from the Global North, they are in fact deeply integrated into global commodity chains and essential to the maintenance of global capitalism.

Looking at contemporary case studies in India, the Philippines and South Africa, this book affirms the significance of political and economic representation to the struggles of workers against deepening levels of poverty and inequality that oppress the majority of people on the planet.

Immanuel Ness shows that workers are eager to mobilise to improve their conditions, and can achieve lasting gains if they have sustenance and support from political organisations. From the Dickensian industrial zones of Delhi to the agrarian oligarchy on the island of Mindanao, a common element remains – when workers organise they move closer to the realisation of socialism, solidarity and equality.

Immanuel Ness is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author and editor of many books, including Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class (Pluto, 2015) and Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South (Haymarket, 2017).

Jose Maria Sison, Abhinav Sinha, and Sarah Raymundo.

Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the stream before the event. It will start at 17:00 BST. You can also find the event on Pluto Press’ YouTube channel. The event will be recorded and uploaded to the channel after the event too.

Organizing Insurgency: Workers’ Movements in the Global South is available to order from the Pluto Press website. Attendees of this event can get 30% off the paperback and ebook editions on this, using the coupon code NESSLAUNCH at the checkout.



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