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Reworking Race

The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement

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Reworking Race by Moon-Kie Jung
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In the middle decades of the twentieth century, Hawai'i changed rapidly from a conservative oligarchy firmly controlled by a Euro-American elite to arguably the most progressive part of the United States. Spearheading the shift, tens of thousands of sugar, pineapple, and longshore workers eagerly joined the left-led International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) and challenged their powerful employers. In this theoretically innovative study, Moon-Kie Jung explains how Filipinos, Japanese, Portuguese, and others overcame entrenched racial divisions and successfully mobilized a mass working-class movement. He overturns the unquestioned assumption that this interracial effort traded racial politics for class politics. Instead, he shows how the movement "reworked race" by developing an ideology of class that incorporated and rearticulated racial meanings and practices. Examining a wide range of sources, Jung delves into the chronically misunderstood prewar racisms and their imperial context, the "Big Five" corporations' concerted attempts to thwart unionization, the emergence of the ILWU, the role of the state, and the impact of World War II. Through its historical analysis, Reworking Race calls for a radical rethinking of interracial politics in theory and practice.

Author Biography

Moon-Kie Jung teaches sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Release date Australia
February 5th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Columbia University Press
Pages
320
Dimensions
155x235x20
ISBN-13
9780231135351
Product ID
4015216

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