The Socialist Register 2001

Working Classes, Global Realities

Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

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Managers want new workers who can be used casually-people scared and disciplined by lacking a secure job. Restricting workers’ skills and depriving workers of opportunities to learn and to organize makes for a more dependent and docile work force. Unions are not welcome. Blairs, Clintons and Schroeders may believe that their policies are working, and that opportunities are growing for ‘everyone’ but class exploitation and oppression remain facts of life in the new century. Socialist Register 2001 examines the concept and the reality of class as it effects workers at the beginning of the 21st Century. Theoretical contributions explore: today’s old and new working classes, workers ‘north’ and ‘south’, peasants and workers, gender and the working class, migrant workers, tele-working. Other essays examine critically important regional experiences in East Asia, India, South Africa, Brazil, Iran, Russia, Europe and North America.


  • Workers North and South (Huw Beynon, Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly Silver)
  • Peasants and Workers (Henry Bernstein)
  • International Worker Migration (Peter Kwong)
  • Driving the bus of History the LA vs Riders’ Union (Eric Mann)
  • Tele-working in a Changing Proletariat (Ursula Huws)
  • Women’s Work-plus ça change? (Andrée Levesque)
  • Gender, Class and Family: The Crisis in Health Care (Pat and Hugh Armstrong)
  • The Feminization of Trade Unions (Rosemary Warskett)
  • Race, Class and Working Women (Brigitte Young)
  • Organising Indian Women Home Workers (Rohini Banaji)
  • East Asia (Gerard Greenfield)
  • India (Barbara Harriss-White and Nandini Gooptu)
  • Southern Africa (Patrick Bond, Darlene Miller and Greg Ruiter)
  • Brazil (Huw Beynon and José Ramalho)
  • Cyberactivism and Solidarity: The Case of Chiapas (Justin Paulson)
  • Iran (Haideh Moghissi and Saeed Rahnema)
  • Russia (David Mandel)
  • North America (Michael Goldfield)
  • Western Europe (Steve Jefferys)


  • Colin Leys


    Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch was a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He was a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He was also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He was an ardent supporter of the Socialist Project.

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