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Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action – the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011

Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action – the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011

Moore, Sian and Taylor, Phil (2020) Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action – the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385 (Print), 1469-8684 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038520973603)

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Abstract

This article explores the inter-relationship of gender, sexuality, race and class among cabin crew, members of trade union BASSA, in the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011. It evaluates the utility of intersectional analysis in the context of industrial action, investigating the ways crew mobilised intersectional identities and class interests. In their narratives, crew evoked the 1984–1985 miners’ strike, but rejected a version of class and militancy based on a perceived historical legacy of class as white, heterosexual and male. Engaging with debates in Sociology on class, the article restores work as the key site of class formation and identifies BASSA as providing the organisational and ideological resources to legitimate an inclusive worker interest that transcended sectional identities and generated a reimagined and reconfigured class identity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: British Airways, cabin crew, class, gender, industrial conflict, intersectionality, strikes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 22:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30554

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