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Natur oder Arbeit? Dilemata und Perspektiven Gewerkschaftlicher Umweltpolitik

Räthzel, N and Uzzell, D (2011) Natur oder Arbeit? Dilemata und Perspektiven Gewerkschaftlicher Umweltpolitik Das Argument (The argument: Journal of Philosophy & Social Sciences), 294 (5). pp. 734-744.

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The article discusses the ways in which international trade unions are conceptualising the relationship between jobs and the environment. On the basis of interviews with union representatives, four such ways are discerned: »technological fi x«, »transformation of social identities«, »rearticulation of immediate interests« and »engagement for general interests«. All four ways of reasoning imply a re-invention of unions as social movements but reduce nature to an environment providing the conditions for human health/illness. The authors argue that Marx’ notion of labour and nature as the two sources of wealth and of work as the process in which humans develop their capabilities can provide a point of departure for unions to conceptualise production as a process in which nature and labour form an alliance. This implies challenging the private appropriation of nature.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Räthzel, N
Uzzell, D
Date : 8 November 2011
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Räthzel, N., & Uzzell, D. (2011, November 8). Natur oder Arbeit? Dilemata und Perspektiven Gewerkschaftlicher Umweltpolitik. Das Argument (Jnl of Philosophy & Social Sciences), 249, 734-744. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 28 Sep 2012 13:25
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