Introduction toCapital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year. Quest for Cheap Labor. Jefferson Cowie. Cornell University, [email protected] Follow this and additional. This is the story that Jefferson Cowie, in “a stunningly important work of historical Capital Moves takes us through the interconnected histories of Camden, New. Kris said: Cowie argues that capital mobility is not a new phenomenon, that In Capital Moves, Jefferson Cowie explains why the Radio Corporation of America.

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Get to Know Us. He thus invites historians to investigate the local processes that shaped these kinds of struggles.

The book “focuses on the relationship between industrial investment and social change, and it is only peripherally concerned with the well-studied impact of ‘dein Cowie argues that capital mobility is not a new phenomenon, that corporations specifically and perhaps especially RCA because of being in competitive consumer electronics industry sought sources of cheap labor they could control throughout the 20th century, even if “the pace and scope of events may have increased” with globalization.

Preview — Capital Moves by Jefferson R. With an innovative and successful mix of labor and business history, economic geography, and gender and community studies, Jefferson Cowie writes a complex kefferson of capital migration, class formation and social change.

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Write a customer review. In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late twentieth-century America. Industrial and Labor Relations. Provides an outstanding overview of why factories move, and the experiences of the people who are effected.

In his book, Capital Moves: Combines gender analysis, economics, labor history, etc. It was the very nature of the production process instituted by RCA that triggered the worker discontent that they so ardently sought to avoid.

Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor

Excellent book about deindustrialization, showing how unionized industrial jobs in the north started moving to the lower Midwest and South in the s jeffersob then out of the country. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? To ask other readers questions about Capital Movesplease sign up.

Email alerts New issue alert. From the manufacturer’s first factory in Camden, New Jersey, where it employed large numbers of southern and eastern European immigrants, RCA moved to rural Indiana inhiring Americans of Scotch-Irish descent for its plant in Bloomington.

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This concept says that the New Deal and World War II forged a more balanced and congruous relationship that underwrote postwar prosperity and stability. On one hand, communal bonds and mefferson helped them advocate for more power in their relationship with RCA.

Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania ” Capital Moves is a stunningly important work of historical imagination and rediscovery mives links the present with the past in a fashion that is exciting and suggestive. Slavery after Rome, — Apr 19, Daniel Samayoa rated it it was amazing. Capital Moves “Cowie presents a bold thesis challenging the orthodoxy of globalization theorists by detailing the history of the Radio Corporation of America RCA in four different locations and times.


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Noves person found this helpful. Other editions – View all Capital Moves: Cornell University Press Amazon. Does not consider the practicalities of organizing across locations, nor sectoral shifts in the global economy, but I think this can be forgiven since the book achieved its goals so thoroughly. Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the Eastern Seaboard for impoverished rural communities in the Midwest and South.

It will take political power to counter capital mobility. See all 11 reviews.

The so-called labor peace and understanding from the New Deal pact actually was jefferaon less stable, with more anti-union companies seeking to shift costs across stateliness, first away from eastern cities to the Midwest, and then to the South, and finally internationally.