Revista Latinoamericana de Trabajo y Trabajadores is a scholarly publication devoted to the history of labour, which aims to bring together research with diverse views and perspectives about and from Latin America. It draws upon a conceptualization of labour history in the long term (16th to 21st centuries), thus overcoming several dichotomies (such as the division between the studies of the ‘classic’ industrial and waged workers and those dedicated to slavery and other forms of coactive work) and exploring a variety of socio-economic systems, as well as the diverse non-evolutionary continuum of coactive labour and labour regimes that bring together informal and popular activities. Moreover, it explores labour precariousness from a perspective that recognizes that it is not only a contemporary phenomenon, but rather one with a long history. Last, but not least, the journal assesses protests and conflicts over time, including forms of struggle that precede the formation of trade unions and labour organizations. It is in these geographic and temporal dimensions that the journal finds its originality, since it proposes to think of the Latin American world of labour as a complex mosaic that crosses borders and regions throughout six centuries.
The audience and contributors of the journal are scholars, professors, professionals, graduates and students of the humanities and social sciences. It aims to stimulate a fruitful dialogue among scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean, to transcend national and chronological boundaries, and to help develop a community of scholars interested in reflecting on a connected and global transnational history.
It is published twice a year, and its articles are submitted to external reviewers with the double-blind peer review system.
The journal is an initiative of the Red Latinoamericana de Trabajo y Trabajadores (REDLATT), with the support of the International Institute of Social History (the Netherlands) and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (Germany).