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Laboring Lives: New Approaches to Biography and Labor History in Latin America

Drinot, Paulo; (2023) Laboring Lives: New Approaches to Biography and Labor History in Latin America. International Labor and Working-Class History pp. 1-7. 10.1017/s0147547923000145. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Until recently, historians, including labor historians, tended to view biography as an inferior genre of historical writing. This has started to change, as biography moves away from its narrow focus on “great men.” Historians increasingly see it as a way to explore, as Marx famously suggested, how men make their own history albeit not under circumstances of their choosing. This essay examines recent biographies of three of the most important labor leaders in Latin America: Chile's Luis Emilio Recabarren, Mexico's Vícente Lombardo Toledano, and Brazil's Lula. Although they approach the study of the interplay of the personal and the political in different ways, all three studies provide strong evidence that biography has an important role to play in sharpening our understanding of the history of labor.

Type: Article
Title: Laboring Lives: New Approaches to Biography and Labor History in Latin America
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/s0147547923000145
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0147547923000145
Language: English
Additional information: © International Labor and Working-Class History, Inc., 2023. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10170597
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