Bridging social movement and industrial relations theory: An analysis of worker organizing campaigns in the United States and China

Maite Tapia, Manfred Elfström, Denisse Roca-Servat

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we draw from our own empirical data on worker organizing and identify important concepts that bridge social movement (SM) and industrial relations (IR) theory. In a context of traditional union decline and a surge of alternative types of worker mobilization, we apply SM and IR concepts related to the mobilizing structures and culture to cases of labor organizing via worker centers and community–labor alliances in the United States and China. From an analytical perspective, we argue that the field of SMs and IR can both benefit from this type of cross-discipline theorization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    Pages173-206
    Number of pages34
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
    Volume56
    ISSN (Print)0733-558X

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2018 by Emerald Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.

    Keywords

    • China
    • Industrial relations theory
    • Mobilizing culture
    • Mobilizing structure
    • Social movement theory
    • United States
    • Worker organizing

    Types Minciencias

    • Artículos de investigación con calidad A1 / Q1

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