Beverly J. Silver grew up in Detroit. It was shaped by a period of radical workers' struggles in Detroit's car factories. Among other things, she was involved in the “United Farm Workers” union and was active in the Chile solidarity. In the 1980s she studied in New York, where she co-founded the “ World Labor Group ” at the Fernand Braudel Center and was a member until 1999. She has been Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore since 1992 . She was married to Professor Giovanni Arrighi .
Her research focuses on development, working conditions and social conflict. In terms of methodology, it is based primarily on comparative and world-historical analyzes. Her work encompasses a wide variety of spatial and temporal contexts, whereby she wants to work out patterns of repetitions, developments and real innovations in the current process of globalization .
In 1999 she published the book “ Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System ” together with Giovanni Arrighi . Silver and Arrighi are representatives of the world system analysis and world system theory founded by Immanuel Wallerstein . For the book, the author received the “ Distinguished Scholarship Award ” from the “ American Sociological Association PEWS ”.
In 2005 her book “Forces of Labor. Globalization and Labor Movements since 1870 ”in German (the original English version is from 2003). In this regard, she strongly opposes the thesis of the so-called “ race to the bottom ”, i.e. H. the inevitable decline of social standards and environmental regulations in the competition between locations in globalization. Silver examines the shifts of capital historically and arrives at the central thesis: Wherever capital would be shifted, new labor disputes would arise. In 2005, Forces of Labor received the ASA Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association .
- Beverly J. Silver: “Labor movement, globalization and world politics - dynamics of the present in a world historical perspective”, in: Yearbook for research on the history of the labor movement , issue I / 2004.
- Publisher website on "Forces of Labor" .
- Beverly J. Silver on the homepage of the Johns Hopkins University (English)
- Labor, War and World Politics: Contemporary Dynamics in World-Historical Perspective current publication (PDF file; 257 kB)
- Ingar Solty - A comeback for ghosts, moles - and grave diggers? Beverly Silver's contribution to the reformulation of a theory of the capitalist development of German-language review articles on “Forces of Labor” in Z. Zeitschrift Marxistische Erneuerung, No. 64, Dec. 2005, pp. 132–144 (PDF file; 165 kB)
- Labor movement, war and world politics: the current dynamics from a world historical perspective, lecture in Linz, November 2003 (PDF file; 345 kB)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Silver, Beverly Judith (full name); Silver, Beverly J.|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American sociologist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1957|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Detroit|