Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights
The first comprehensive history of US-Latin American solidarity from the Haitian Revolution to the present day.
In Solidarity, Steve Striffler addresses all these 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 - and later labour issues - as the dominant currents 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.
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).
'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
'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 'Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City'
'This is a brilliant introduction to the history of Latin American solidarity movement building, perfect for classrooms and workshops. Striffler has written a jargon-free study of the struggle to build solidarity across borders in the Americas' - Paul Ortiz, author of 'An African American and Latinx History of the United States'
'An extraordinarily important book. Striffler shows that politics impelled by pursuit of solidarity with movements in Latin America has been a central node within anti-imperialist discourse and strategies in the US left, and a cornerstone for alter-globalization politics, Occupy, and other left political tendencies. I know no one better equipped or positioned to examine this important stream of US politics' - Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania
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
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745399201
eBook ISBN: 9781786802606
135mm x 215mm