Some videos about Indian workers and the economic crisis

I found both these videos pretty useful to watch. Many Straws Make a Nest is a fascinating documentary about working conditions and struggle in the industrial belt around Delhi.

It is based on a workers’ inquiry approach to workers’ struggle, and thus consists of interviews of workers subjective experiences. It shows how  migrant workers are pulled into the region from rural areas for work, how the informal economy in the more shantytown areas complements the formal economy in the big factories of the industrial belt of Gurgaon and Faridabad, how capital has replaced permanent workers working in auto factories have been almost wholly replaced by temp contract workers after some successful struggles in the past.

Go here to watch (sorry dunno how to embed).

And also useful is Loren Goldner’s recent talk in Oakland, California about the economic crisis and its historical origins. I don’t agree with everything he says, but still a good, broad introduction to many concepts and conceptions of history.

watch it here.

Other stuff that you could watch during the New Year holiday break:

  • A documentary series about the depression and workers’ struggles in the US. Six parts. The first part is here.
  • A documentary film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in the Detroit auto industry in the late 1960s.
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~ by vomitingdiamonds on 30/12/2010.

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