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Social movement unionism and networked technology

Vandenberg, Andrew 2006, Social movement unionism and networked technology, International journal of technology knowledge & society, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 45-51.

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Title Social movement unionism and networked technology
Author(s) Vandenberg, Andrew
Journal name International journal of technology knowledge & society
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Start page 45
End page 51
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1832-3669
Keyword(s) International labor activities
Social movements
Internationalism
Labor movement Sweden
Technology - social aspects
Summary From a European perspective, the wide-ranging social, economic, and political effects of networked computers have generated tensions between 'new' social movements and the 'old' labour movement. From an American perspective on social movements, there is no such tension between old and new social movements. A study of social-movement unionism in Sweden offers a interesting means of testing this emerging American perspective against the European perspective because the labour movement has long been particularly effective and networked technology has been embraced whole-heartedly throughout all aspects of the society, the economy, and the polity. The paper introduces the contrasting European and American perspectives on social movements and presents examples of the practice of social-movement unionism among Swedish social democrats, unionists, and diverse local activists. These examples support conclusions that eschew utopian theories of 'cyberunionism' in favour of developing a theory of articulated unionism in which local unions branches articulate vertically with national and global union bodies, and articulate horizontally with social movements in other arenas of conflict.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Common Ground
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003602

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