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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Thomas Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania. This book deserves to be read for many reasons, not least of which is that it really does put flesh on the often rather bare bones of the debates around the local effects of capitalist globalization.

One wonders if RCA would have stayed long in Camden or Bloomington even if they had kept their initial control over a docile and desperate working class. But a key point is that the ability of a corporation to invest or disinvest literally globally simply transcends the ability of a locally rooted workforce to counter corporate practices, a point amply demonstrated by RCA.

Moreover, the removal of RCA factories generally created employment crises in left-behind cities, but variations in those places determined the severity of deindustrialization. Alex rated it really liked it Jul 19, Business, Economics, and Finance.

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Argues that community is both a strength and a weakness – need to expand solidarity and regulations transnationally in order to jefferaon ill effects of capital’s mobility. Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change.


Cowie’s core argument—that in spite of the claimed novelty of globalization, spatial factors long have been critical to the stability of capitalist production—deserves close attention. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania. It was the very cpital of the production process instituted by RCA that triggered the worker discontent that they so ardently sought to avoid. To Serve God and Wal-Mart: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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Related articles in Google Scholar. American Historical Review, October Capital Moves “This book is a major contribution both to labor and community studies. Still, this concise and thought-provoking book merits a wide readership among 20th century American and labor historians.

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Cowie shows the economic, social, and political factors behind these decisions, how the coming and going of factories impacted communities, and how those communities adapted to this process. The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher.

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.

Publisher Cornell University Press. The Lexicon of Labor. Apr 19, Daniel Samayoa rated it it was amazing.

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

If labor and its policymaking allies jffferson to counterbalance multinational corporations, they must integrate their efforts worldwide. JW rated it really liked it Jan 09, This powerful, original book recasts our understanding of capitalism, labor, gender, and geography. Jefferson Cowie provides an important perspective that allows a better understanding of the changing economy of the United States in the late 20th Century.


An American History Capital Moves “Jefferson Cowie’s important book mobilizes labor history, social jsfferson, and gender analysis to challenge conventional conceptions of globalization and transnational capital migration. Jefferson Cowie narrates how industrial workers in two nations and four different communities coped with one company’s relentless search for cheap and pliable labor. Cowie’s work is at once scholarly, compassionate and b Labor historian Jefferson Cowie follows RCA’s radio and television manufacturing operations from Camden, New Jersey to Bloomington, Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee and finally to a maquiladora industrial park in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

This book is good, but it deserves a counter-point book written by the RCA workers that didn’t participate in the trash the unions put on this company. Why, find another poor community desperate for work.

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

Johns, University of South Florida. Cowie’s work is at once scholarly, compassionate and balanced as it considers both the benefits and detriments of manufacturing as it waxes in one community but wanes caital another.

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An engaging history of communities where RCA had major manufacturing plants over the course the 20th century: