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"Bring Hollywood Home!" Studio Labour, Nationalism and Internationalism, and Opposition to 'Runaway Production', 1948-2003

"Bring Hollywood Home!" Studio Labour, Nationalism and Internationalism, and Opposition to 'Runaway Production', 1948-2003

Dawson, Andrew (2006) "Bring Hollywood Home!" Studio Labour, Nationalism and Internationalism, and Opposition to 'Runaway Production', 1948-2003. Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis/Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire, 84 (4). pp. 1101-1122. ISSN 0035-0818 (doi:doi 10.3406/rbph.2006.5062)

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Abstract

Since World War Two, Hollywood studio workers have been periodically buffeted by 'runaway production' as movie making left Southern California for Western Europe, other US regions, or Canada(2). Far from seeing themselves as beneficiaries of the global economy, workers have viewed this process as an attack on their standard of living. In what is seen by labour as a debilitating downward spiral, film workers in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, London, Toronto, and Vancouver compete with each other to offer concessions to local filmmakers in the belief that it will secure their jobs.

Since the 1990s, debate has intensified within the American labour movement on how best to challenge globalisation(3). Activists, arguing that labour must counteract capital's internationalism with labour internationalism, call for the formation of 'transnational' labour organisations. Labour historian Michael Hanagan and others, observing the activities of unions following the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1 992 detects a "new repertoire of labor action"(4). But both mainstream American labour, and Hollywood labour, have found it difficult to change settled patterns

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: united states, motion picture industry, runaway production, trade unions, film and television action committee.
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > History Research Group
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4546

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