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Cosmopolitanism and international trade unionism: managerial and mobilising forms

Cosmopolitanism and international trade unionism: managerial and mobilising forms

Umney, Charles (2013) Cosmopolitanism and international trade unionism: managerial and mobilising forms. [Working Paper]

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This conceptual article argues that the well-established sociological concept of cosmopolitanism has been inadequately applied to organised labour, and specifically to international activities of trade unions. Taking a Marxian perspective, it sets these subjects side-by-side, considering firstly what the experience of international trade unionism can reveal about cosmopolitanism, and secondly theorising the forms cosmopolitanism may take in international trade union activity. In answer to the first question, it seeks to show how the development of cosmopolitanism assumes radically different forms among union members and managerial elites. In answer to the second question, it typologises international trade unionism using two categories termed ‘managerial’ and ‘mobilising’ internationalisms. These categories have material determinants, and in each the interaction between material interest representation and cosmopolitan normativity assumes different forms.

Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: [1] First published: 2013. [2] Published as part of the University of Greenwich Business School Working Paper Series (WERU1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: trade unions, cosmopolitanism, Marxism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
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