Social-movement unionism in theory and in Sweden

Vandenberg, Andrew 2006, Social-movement unionism in theory and in Sweden, Social movement studies, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 171-191, doi: 10.1080/14742830600807584.

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Title Social-movement unionism in theory and in Sweden
Author(s) Vandenberg, AndrewORCID iD for Vandenberg, Andrew
Journal name Social movement studies
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 171
End page 191
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 1474-2837
Keyword(s) social movements
collective behaviour
social action
social conflict
Swedish labour unions
Swedish industrial relations
Summary Many union leaders and observers of unionism in industrially advanced countries have recently argued for stronger links between unions and social movements but their arguments leave the nature of social movements underspecified. This article reviews the literature on social movements and argues in favour of a minimalist theory of the social actor rather than choose between American and European approaches to studying social movements. Both Melucci's European approach and McAdam, Tarrow, and Tilly's American approach to integrating the European and American schools of thought on social movements are inadequate to the task of specifying social-movement unionism. Hindess's minimalist theory of the social actor and articulated arenas of conflict offers a stronger approach to understanding social-movement unionism and appreciating its strategic pertinence in particular times and places. Two episodes of contention in Sweden illustrate the advantages of a minimalist theory of articulated social-movement unionism.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14742830600807584
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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