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Cross-National Comparisons of Social Movement Unionism

Diversities of Labour Movement Revitalization in Japan, Korea and the United States


Edited By Akira Suzuki

For the past two decades efforts to halt the decline in union numbers and revitalize the labour movement have largely resided in social movement unionism (SMU). In the first English-language book to compare SMU in Japan, Korea and the United States, scholars from the three countries examine its emergence as a response to neoliberal globalization. Cross-National Comparisons of Social Movement Unionism moves beyond previous studies of SMU and union revitalization which have focussed on the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The eleven chapters offer empirical and theoretical analyses of the impact of SMU on existing labour movements, and explain the mediating factors that account for the diversity of SMU across national boundaries, arguing that its forms and activities are mediated by different institutional, political and economic contexts.


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Jennifer Jihye Chun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. She is the author of Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009). Her second book project examines community-based approaches to organizing Asian immi- grant women workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver. Koshi Endo is Professor of Employment and Industrial Relations at the School of Business Administration in Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are the non-union representation of workers and the development of job-related pay systems based on the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. Heiwon Kwon is Assistant Professor, Department of Business Admin- istration, Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul. Joohee Lee is an Associate Professor at Ewha Womans University in Korea. Before joining the faculty at the Ewha Sociology Department, she was a research fellow at the Korea Labor Institute (KLI). Her major research interests are changing collective bargaining structures in a global economy, industrial democracy at the workplace and labour policy for non-regular workers. Minjin Lee is a Professor at the College of Sociology, Rikkyo University, Tokyo. Her research focuses on comparative labour relations and coalitions between trade unions and civil society organizations. Stephanie Luce is an Associate Professor at the Murphy Institute, City University of New York. She is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage (Cornell University Press, 2004). 336 Notes on Contributors and Translators Akira Suzuki...

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