Friday, 23 November 2012

Interface 4/2. For the global emancipation of labour

Just out...

Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Volume four, issue two (November 2012)
For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity

Issue editors: Peter Waterman, Alice Mattoni, Elizabeth Humphrys, Laurence Cox, Ana Margarida Esteves

Volume four, issue two of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme "For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity”
Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to "learn from each other's struggles": to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts. Like all issues of Interface, this issue is free and open-access.

This issue of Interface includes 529 pages and 28 pieces in English and Spanish, by authors writing from / about Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK and the US among other countries.

Articles in this issue include:

  • Peter Waterman,  Alice Mattoni, Elizabeth Humphrys, Laurence Cox, Ana Margarida Esteves,
    For the global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity

For the global emancipation of labour
  • Wolfgang Schaumberg,
    Development in China and Germany: another world is possible? (action note)
  • Dae-Oup Chang,
    The neoliberal rise of East Asia and social movements of labour: four moments and a challenge
  • Joe Sutcliffe,
    Labour movements in the global South: a prominent role in struggles against neo-liberal globalisation? (action note)
  • Stefania Barca,
    On working-class environmentalism: a historical and transnational overview
  • Nora Räthzel and Peter Uzzell,
    Mending the breach between labour and nature: environmental engagements of trade unions and the North-South divide
  • Melanie Kryst,
    Coalitions of labor unions and NGOs: the room for maneuver of the German Clean Clothes Campaign
  • Jean Faniel,
    Trade unions and the unemployed: towards a dialectical approach
  • Martine D’Amours, Guy Bellemare and Louise Briand,
    Grasping new forms of unionism: the case of childcare services in Quebec
  • Annalisa Murgia and Giulia Selmi,
    “Inspire and conspire”: Italian precarious workers between self-organization and self-advocacy
  • Alberto Arribas Lozano,
    Sobre la precariedad y sus fugas. La experiencia de las Oficinas de Derechos Sociales
  • Franco Barchiesi,
    Liberation of, through, or from work? Postcolonial Africa and the problem with “job creation” in the global crisis
  • Elise Thorburn,
    A common assembly: multitude, assemblies, and a new politics of the common
  • Godfrey Moase,
    A new species of shark: towards direct unionism (action note)
  • Nicolás Somma,
    The Chilean student movement of 2011 – 2012: challenging the marketization of education (event analysis)
  • Tristan Partridge,
    Organizing process, organizing life: collective responses to precarity in Ecuador (action note)
  • Peter Waterman,
    An emancipatory global labour studies is necessary! On rethinking the global labour movement in the hour of furnaces
General articles:
  • Jackie Smith,
    Connecting social movements and political moments: bringing movement building tools from global justice to Occupy Wall Street activism
  • Kenneth Good,
    Democratisation from Poland to Portugal, 1970s - 1990s and in Tunisia and Egypt since 2010
  • Mayssoun Sukarieh,
    From terrorists to revolutionaries: the emergence of “youth” in the Arab world and the discourse of globalization
  • Corey Wrenn,
    The abolitionist approach: critical comparisons and challenges within the animal rights movement
  • Ángel Calle Collado, Marta Soler Montiel, Isabel Vara Sánchez, David Gallar Hernández,
    La desafección al sistema agroalimentario: ciudadanía y redes sociales
  • Tomás Mac Sheoin,
    Power imbalances and claiming credit in coalition campaigns: Greenpeace and Bhopal

This issue’s reviews include the following titles:
  • Ben Selwyn, Workers, state and development in Brazil: powers of labour, chains of value. Reviewed by Ana Margarida Esteves.
  • Jai Sen (ed.), Interrogating empires and Imagining alternatives. Reviewed by Guy Lancaster.
  • Janet Conway,  Edges of global justice: the World Social Forum and its “others”. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.
  • Alan Bourke, Tia Dafnos and Kip Markus (eds.), Lumpencity: discourses of marginality / marginalizing discourses. Reviewed by Chris Richardson.
  • Craig Calhoun, The roots of radicalism: tradition, the public sphere and early nineteenth century social movements. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

A call for papers for volume 5 issue 2 of Interface is now open, for pieces on any aspect of social movement research and practice that fit within our mission statement ( We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at
The next issue of Interface (May 2013) will be under the title “Struggles, strategies and analysis of anticolonial and postcolonial social movements”.