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Disconnected Spaces: introducing environmental perspectives into the trade union agenda top-down and bottom-up

Räthzel, N, Lundström, R and Uzzell, D (2015) Disconnected Spaces: introducing environmental perspectives into the trade union agenda top-down and bottom-up Environmental Sociology, 1 (3). pp. 166-176.

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Abstract

This article compares how visions for integrating environmental issues into the union agenda are articulated from two different positions in the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). The article is based on an analysis of ‘life history interviews’ and directs attention to the biographical circumstances under which individuals are able to work with environmental issues in unions. The analysis shows that the conditions for integrating environmental issues are weakened by the hierarchical culture of the organisation and by high levels of institutionalisation. LO furthermore lacks routines for mobilising the interests of environmental enthusiasts, and being positioned at headquarters hampers the abilities of union officials to mobilise environmental interests among members. Comparing the experiences from Sweden with the case of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) in Spain shows that success depends on a relationship between individual engagement and political. Union transformation is contingent on developing issues that connect the immediate interests of workers with their long-term interests as citizens, such that a new workers’ identity can develop and lead to practices that overcome the ‘metabolic rift’.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Räthzel, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lundström, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uzzell, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2015
Identification Number : 10.1080/23251042.2015.1041212
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Environmental Sociology Vol.1, Issue 3, 2015, Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23251042.2015.104121
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Jan 2016 14:52
Last Modified : 15 Nov 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809503

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