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Conceptualising industrial relations in the "risk society"

Abbott, Keith and Kelly, Peter 2005, Conceptualising industrial relations in the "risk society", Labour & industry, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 85-102.

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Title Conceptualising industrial relations in the "risk society"
Author(s) Abbott, Keith
Kelly, Peter
Journal name Labour & industry
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 85
End page 102
Publisher RMIT, Centre for Workplace Culture Change
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2005-08
ISSN 1030-1763
Summary This paper contrasts the characteristics of different types of modernities, noting the present transition occurring between its simple and reflexive manifestations. It then demonstrates how mainstream industrial relations theories have long been framed by a collectivist 'risk insurance principle '. In combining these two observations the argument is made that theories built around institutional dependencies that rely on the evidence or assumption ofoperable risk insurance principles and collective guardianships of workplace well being make less sense in a world of emerging personal narratives ofchoice and dependency that centre around individuals taking personal responsibility for avoiding or diminishing the risks of their engagement with uncertain labour markets. The discussion concludes by setting out the social and epistemological conditions under which future industrial relations theorising might beframed so as to accommodate these emerging conditions in a manner that is both realistic and relevant.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, RMIT, Centre for Workplace Culture Change
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003278

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