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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2004

LAS 386 • LABOR HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36775 T
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
SRH 1.319
BROWN, J

Course Description

This course serves to introduce the graduate student to the history of the urban and industrial work force of Latin America with particular emphasis on class formation, class consciousness, race, gender, ethnicity, leadership, and labor politics. We may inquire for each three countries (Chile, Argentina and Mexico) as to the workers' relative capacity for class struggle and political cooperation. Emphasizing the resources for and the state of research in labor history, this course will enable the student to understand the role of industrial laborers in the making of modern Latin America. It also will prepare the student to undertake research on the working class. The final grade will be based on three essays, worth 25, 35, and 40 percent of the final grade. Each paper will represent the student's thoughtful consideration of a major theme in the development of Latin America's working class. Needless to mention, the student-writer should be interested in clear and logical exposition, grammar, and spelling as well as in critical evaluation of labor history. LATE PAPERS WILL BE PENALIZED. Each student will participate actively and enthusiastically in class discussion; only the failure to participate will influence the final grade — and adversely so. Of major importance, of course, is the acquisition of a broad understanding that the student eventually will use either in teaching or in interpreting Latin America in some other professional capacity. THERE WILL BE NO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES.

Texts

PAPERBACK LIST Jonathan C. Brown, Workers’ Control in Latin America Daniel James, Doña María’s Story John D. French, The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers Thomas M. Klubock, Contested Communities Heidi Tinsman, Partners in Conflict Michael Snodgrass, Deference and Defiance in Monterrey HARDBACK LIST James Brennan, The Labor Wars of Córdoba Peter DeShazo, Urban Workers and Labor Unions in Chile William E. French, A Peaceful and Working People

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