Labour History Review

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Trade Union and Labour History: The South-African Contribution

Labour History Review (2004), 69, (2), 241–246.

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K. Moody, Workers in a Lean World, London and New York, Verso, 1997. Workers in a Lean World Google Scholar

E. Webster, Cast in a racial mould: labour process and trade unionism in the foundries, Johannesburg, Ravan Press, 1985. Cast in a racial mould: labour process and trade unionism in the foundries Google Scholar

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For an excellent study of this process, see P. Alexander, Workers War and the Origins of Apartheid, London, James Currey, 2001. Workers War and the Origins of Apartheid Google Scholar

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Von Holdt lists a number of historians, whose work forms a certain counterpart to the Burawoy approach. As well as Webster, he mentions the South Africans P. K. Edwards, J. Belanger and L. Haven, Workplace industrial relations and the global challenge, New York, ILR Press, 1994; and one British counterpart, R. Hyman, Marxism and the sociology of trade unionism, London, Pluto Press, 1971; R. Hyman, Industrial relations: a Marxist introduction, London, Macmillan, 1975. Workplace industrial relations and the global challenge Google Scholar

G. Adler and E. Webster, Trade unions and democratisation in South Africa 1985-1997, London, Macmillan, 2000. Trade unions and democratisation in South Africa 1985-1997 Google Scholar

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Renton, David