Half a century from its heyday in the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, workers’ autonomy — grassroots collective action independent from unions as a central organizing strategy for political change —has shown signs of resurgence after the crisis of 2008 and as a consequence of the neoliberal restructuring of the economy. This is the thesis of The Class Strikes Back, a collection that bridges the global North and the global South, edited by Dario Azzellini and Michael G. Kraft, and now republished as a paperback in the Historical Materialism Book Series.

The book will be useful and accessible to activists as well as scholars. It brings together a wide spectrum of case studies focused on direct action, horizontal forms of decision-making, independent unionism, and anticapitalist and antiauthoritarian struggles originating from shop-floor grievances. The thirteen chapters span Turkey to...

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