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The site of industrial struggle is shifting. The West needs to look further if it wants to understand how workers’ self-organisation is developing in countries it too often ignores. Across the Global South, peasant communities are forced off the land to live and work in harsh and impoverished conditions. Inevitably, new methods of combating the spread of industrial capitalism are evolving in ambitious, militant and creative ways. Southern Insurgency will lead the way in examining these organisations in the contemporary era.
Immanuel Ness looks at three key countries: China, India and South Africa. In each case he considers the broader historical forces at play – the effects
of imperialism, the decline of the trade union movement, the class struggle and the effects of the growing reserve army of labour.