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Labour’s hidden soul: religion at the intersection of labour and the environment

Uzzell, David and Räthzel, Nora (2019) Labour’s hidden soul: religion at the intersection of labour and the environment Environmental Values, 28 (6). pp. 693-713.

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This study examines the intersection of individual life-histories, organisational histories and societal histories and reveals how religion, in several different expressions, serves to provide a connection between justice for workers and justice for the environment in the work of trade unionists. The trade union movement is generally seen as secular, and thus in our life history interviews religion as a backdrop to labour activists’ formation was unexpected. Religion becomes manifest in various ways, partly through experiences in the present or at formative periods in unionists’ lives, but also through its cultural embeddedness in language and collective memory. In this way it serves to provide subtle influences on beliefs, concepts of social justice and daily action.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Räthzel, Nora
Date : 1 December 2019
DOI : 10.3197/096327119X15579936382473
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 White Horse Press
Uncontrolled Keywords : Environmental labour studies; Religion; Trade unions; Environmental justice; Climate change
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2018 12:51
Last Modified : 17 Jan 2020 14:54

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