The new world order, marked by the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the restructuring of Eastern Europe and the unprecedented political prominence of the United States, has been touted as one in which class struggle is abandoned in favor of the universally accepted competition of global capitalism. However, while class relations may be obscured by the increasingly visible competition between places for capital investment, they are not obliterated. Scholars and activists alike are confronted with the need to create avenues of social transformation appropriate to the contemporary political landscape. One response of organized labor in the U.S. has been an increased emphasis on international solidarity: the support of organizing efforts of workers abroad. International solidarity provides a provocative approach to social change by explicitly addressing spatial relations of production. This paper explores the implications of international solidarity as a contemporary political movement that illuminates the complex relationship between class and space.
Class and place in the New World Order: International labor solidarity.Faculty Publications
Date IssuedJanuary 1993
Date AvailableJuly 2014
PublisherAssociation of American Geographers, Middle States Division
Creative Commons LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation InformationJohns, R.A. (1993). Class and place in the New World Order: International labor solidarity. The Middle States Geographer, 26, 27-32.