From the dust jacket:
Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor is a social history of capital migration through four communities, two countries, and a great deal of social upheaval. By showing how and why industry migrated within national boundaries before crossing them, Capital Moves shows how many of the issues we associate with globalization have historical roots deep in the twentieth century.
Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the eastern seaboard for impoverished communities in the Midwest and South. By examining and comparing four cities–Camden, Bloomington, Memphis, and Ciudad Juarez–Cowie traces how the company left the decaying urban landscapes in the old sites and garnered a fresh sense of hope in the new locations. Along the way, he explains the “distances in between” each location: the social fragmentation across space that hindered a broader sense of solidarity among RCA workers.