Solidarity : Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights

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How and why has solidarity changed over time? Why have particular strategies, tactics, and strands of internationalism emerged or re-emerged at particular moments? And how has solidarity shaped the history of the US left in particular?

In Solidarity, Steve Striffler addresses these key questions, offering the first history of US-Latin American solidarity from the Haitian Revolution to the present day. Striffler traces the history of internationalism through the Cold War, exploring the rise of human rights as the dominant current of international solidarity. He also considers the limitations of a solidarity movement today that inherited its organisational infrastructure from the human rights movements.

Moving beyond conventionally ahistorical analyses of solidarity, here Striffler provides a distinctive intervention in the history of progressive politics in both the US and Latin America, the past and present of US imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the history of human rights and labour internationalism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19mm | 296g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399193
  • 9780745399195

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Table of contents


1. US Empire, Anti-Imperialism, and Revolution

2. The Caribbean Under US Occupation

3. The Cuban Revolution and the Cold War

4. South American Dictatorships and the Rise of Human Rights

5. Central American Solidarity in Reagan's America

6. NAFTA, Fair Trade, and Globalisation

7. Zapatistas and Global Justice

8. Corporate Campaigns and Sweatshop Activism

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Review quote

'Striffler cuts through the ambiguous discourse surrounding "human rights" to offer a precise anatomy of a globalized political economy, structured by class hierarchies, racial and gender exclusions, and reinforced by military power. An indispensable guide for how to be in a world dominated by a form of capitalism that is fast making its peace with fascism' -- Greg Grandin, New York University, author of 'Fortlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City' 'Steve Striffler's masterful account of U.S. and Latin American solidarity is required reading. Exploring multiple stands of 20th century internationalism and incisive in its argumentation, Solidarity pushes us to think about what a radical, left internationalism might look like today' -- Lesley Gill, Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
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About Steve Striffler

Steve Striffler is the Director of the Labor Resource Center and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He is the author of Solidarity: Latin America, Human Rights, Labor, and the American Left (Pluto, 2018), and In the Shadows of State and Capital (Duke, 2002).
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