Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

Social Security Mutualism

Despite labour history's flourishing since the 1960s an essential aspect of workers' lives has been virtually overlooked: their constant struggle for protection from threats to their way of life, such as illness, unemployment, disability and old age. Mutual benefit societies have been a major means of social self-defence in this area.

The present collection of essays covers new ground by exploring the development of mutual benefit societies in 26 countries across five continents. A number of comparative and international analyses has also been included.