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Räthzel, N. & Uzzell, D. (2019). Environmental Policies and The Reproduction of Business as Usual: How Does It Work?. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 30(1), 120-138
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental Policies and The Reproduction of Business as Usual: How Does It Work?
2019 (English)In: Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, ISSN 1045-5752, E-ISSN 1548-3290, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 120-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to advance knowledge about corporate environmentalism by using new concepts and methods. We broaden the concept of the firm as "differentiated composite actor" by including not only managers but workers and unionists as actors. We descend into the "hidden abode of production" using Lefebvre’s concept of "everyday life" to explore the barriers environmental policies experience in this sphere. We base our explorations on life-history interviews to understand how the imaginaries of production are embedded in people's self-conceptions. We identify seven barriers to the implementation of environmental practices: deficient regulations, collusion between controller and controlled, de-prioritisation, hierarchism, compartmentalisation, specialisation, and social unsustainability. A "necessity discourse," legitimating the priority of efficiency and product quality over environmental sustainability, subjugates alternative sustainable practices. The paper concludes with a discussion of the results in the light of previous investigations, suggesting that the concept of the everyday could enrich future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
corporate environmentalism, environmental practices, the everyday of production, necessity discourse
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140161 (URN)10.1080/10455752.2017.1371200 (DOI)2-s2.0-85029458615 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-10-02 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2019). Rassismus. In: Claudia von Braunmühl, Heide Gerstenberger, Ralf Ptak und Christa Wichterich (Ed.), ABC der globalen (Un)ordnung: Von Anthropozän bis Zivilgesellschaft (pp. 200-201). Hamburg: VSA Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rassismus
2019 (German)In: ABC der globalen (Un)ordnung: Von Anthropozän bis Zivilgesellschaft / [ed] Claudia von Braunmühl, Heide Gerstenberger, Ralf Ptak und Christa Wichterich, Hamburg: VSA Verlag , 2019, p. 200-201Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hamburg: VSA Verlag, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164020 (URN)9783964880031 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-14 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N., Cock, J. & Uzzell, D. (2018). Beyond the nature–labour divide: trade union responses to climate change in South Africa. Globalizations, 15(4), 504-519
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond the nature–labour divide: trade union responses to climate change in South Africa
2018 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774X, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 504-519Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present the life histories of two environmentally engaged unionists in South Africa, who were decisive for formulating the environmental programmes of their respective trade unions. Their experiences of participating in the resistance against apartheid in universities and factories taught them the necessity to connect different struggles and equipped them with the knowledge and ability to connect the fight for workers’ rights with the fight against environmental degradation. Both activists experienced the difficulty of integrating ‘the environment’ politically and practically into a trade union agenda. The labour movement has traditionally experienced nature as a place outside of work to be enjoyed for recreation. While nature constitutes an indispensable condition for labour, it has been privately appropriated by Capital. For environmental policies to form an integral part of union agendas, nature needs to be wrestled away from its appropriation by Capital and understood as an inseparable ally of labour.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Labour environmentalism, South Africa, life histories, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, just transition, ecological crisis
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146878 (URN)10.1080/14747731.2018.1454678 (DOI)000430500900005 ()
Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Uzzell, D. & Räthzel, N. (2018). Border Crossing and the Logics of Space: A Case Study in Pro-Environmental Practices. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, Article ID 2096.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Border Crossing and the Logics of Space: A Case Study in Pro-Environmental Practices
2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 9, article id 2096Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate whether and how workers in a transnational oil corporation carry practices, meanings, and identities between the places of work and home, focusing on environmental and health and safety practices, in order to understand the larger question, how can environmentally relevant practices be generalized in society at large? Our theoretical starting point is that societal institutions function according to different logics (Thornton et al., 2012) and the borders (Clark, 2000) between these institutions create affordances and constraints on the transfer of practices between these places. By connecting their theoretical ideas, we suggest that these provide an alternative critique and explanatory account of the transfer of environmental practices between home and work than a “spillover” approach. We employ life history interviews to explore the development and complexity of the causes, justifications, and legitimations of people’s actions, social relationships, and the structural constraints which govern relationships between these spaces. While Clark’s concepts of permeable, strong, or blended borders are useful heuristic tools, people may simultaneously strengthen, transgress, or blend the borders between work and home in terms of practices, meanings, identities, or institutional logics. Individuals have to be understood as creators of the border crossing process, which is why their life histories and the ways in which their identities and their attachments to places (i.e., institutions) are shaped by the logics of these places are important. For environmental practices to travel from work to home, they need to become embedded in a company culture that allows their integration into workers’ identities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2018
Keywords
border crossing, spillover, environmental practices, health and safety, institutional logics, home and work, life histories, behavior change
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153005 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02096 (DOI)000449021500001 ()30443234 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2018-12-07Bibliographically approved
Uzzell, D. & Räthzel, N. (2018). Labour's hidden soul: religion at the intersection of labour and the environment. Environmental Values
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2018 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

The study examines the intersection of individual life-histories, organisational histories and societal histories and reveals how religion, in several different expressions, serves to provide a connection between justice for workers and justice for the environment in the work of trade unionists. The trade union movement is generally seen as secular, and thus in our life history interviews religion as a backdrop to labour activists' formation was unexpected. Religion becomes manifest in various ways, partly through experiences in the present or at formative periods in unionists' lives, but also through its cultural embeddedness in language and collective memory. In this way it serves to provide sublte influences on beliefs, concepts of social justice and daily action.

Keywords
Environmental labour studies; religion; trade unions; environmental justice; climate change
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151653 (URN)
Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2019-02-12
Räthzel, N. (2018). Respuestas estratégicas de mujeres y hombres a lo largo de sus carreras científicas. In: Ana M. González Ramos (Ed.), Mujeres en la ciencia contemporánea: la aguja y el camello (pp. 97-131). Icaria
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Respuestas estratégicas de mujeres y hombres a lo largo de sus carreras científicas
2018 (Spanish)In: Mujeres en la ciencia contemporánea: la aguja y el camello / [ed] Ana M. González Ramos, Icaria , 2018, p. 97-131Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Icaria, 2018
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147897 (URN)978-84-9888-819-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-21 Created: 2018-05-21 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Stevis, D., Uzzell, D. & Räthzel, N. (2018). The labour–nature relationship: varieties of labour environmentalism. Globalizations, 15(4), 439-453
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The labour–nature relationship: varieties of labour environmentalism
2018 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774X, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 439-453Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This special issue is a contribution to environmental labour studies, which aims to investigate the practices and theories that integrate labour and nature, by focusing on labour environmentalism. While nature is privately appropriated and exploited by Capital, workers’ organizations tend to construct nature as labour’s other, a place to enjoy or a place to be protected from destruction at best. In the following introductory article to this special issue, we present our view of what environmental labour studies are investigating and might investigate in the future and the place of labour environmentalism within this broader agenda. We also suggest an analytical framework to evaluate the depth, breadth, and level of the agency of the variations of labour environmentalism. We suggest that environmental labour studies can be a way of studying not only the intersections between social and environmental justice, climate change and working conditions but can also contribute to building a bridge between environmental theory and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Environmental labour studies, labour environmentalism, labour–nature relations
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147086 (URN)10.1080/14747731.2018.1454675 (DOI)000430500900001 ()
Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
González Ramos, A. M. & Räthzel, N. (2018). ‘You must aim high’ - ‘No, I never felt like a woman’: Women and Men Making Sense of Non-standard Trajectories into Higher Education. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 10(1), 130-146
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘You must aim high’ - ‘No, I never felt like a woman’: Women and Men Making Sense of Non-standard Trajectories into Higher Education
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, ISSN 2040-0748, E-ISSN 2040-0748, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 130-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is no secret that the 'glass ceiling' preventing women advancing to leadership positions exists in academia as well. Spain is no exception. Gender relations are usually investigated independently of other power relations like class and ethnicity. In our sample (80 men and women in different academic institutions across Spain) we found that not only women but also men from working class backgrounds have difficulties making successful academic careers. Therefore, we use an intersectional approach to investigate the relationship between gender and class. Comparing two life-histories, we explore what strategies individuals employ to overcome the barriers with which they are confronted. We present the stories of a woman with a middle class but non-academic background and of a man with a working-class background. Their strategies can be understood as the result of specific individual trajectories under specific societal conditions, but they also illustrate the barriers and possibilities men and women with non-standard backgrounds encounter in academia. Analysing successful strategies as well as their limitations, we aim to provide perspectives that might contribute to changing the culture of hegemonic masculinities in academia.

Keywords
Science, life-history, social class, gender, masculinities
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147271 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-02 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Uzzell, D., Räthzel, N., García Mira, R. A. & Dumitru, A. (2017). Global Challenges for Environmental Psychology: The Place of Labor and Production. In: Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro (Ed.), Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research: (pp. 559-574). Cham: Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global Challenges for Environmental Psychology: The Place of Labor and Production
2017 (English)In: Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research / [ed] Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro, Cham: Springer International Publishing , 2017, p. 559-574Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While we can find much evidence to suggest that environmental psychology has strengthened itself as a social institution, as Proshansky advocated some 30 years ago, this concluding chapter critically reviews continued shortcomings and strategies to overcome these.

In one of the most rapidly expanding fields of environmental psychology, i.e., research concerning climate change and how to avoid it, there has been a concentration on internal individual factors like knowledge, worldviews, and values. Since people live, work, and act in cooperation with others and since this cooperation is shaped by and shapes individual and collective identities and actions there is also a need for environmental psychology to focus on these collective activities and the conditions under which they can become transformative. Workplaces constitute one of the most important ‘communities of practices’, not least because the majority of people spend a large amount of their lifetime at work.

To exemplify the possibilities of research on collective action at and around work, two case studies are presented. The first employed backcasting scenarios to explore employees’ visions for an alternative, sustainable future and involved scenario development by creating visions for the future, defining strategic pathways to reach them, providing feedback on how policy measures would function in a simulated environment and asking participants to suggest corrections to their initial proposals and the model design. The second case study reports on an international study of trade union environmental policies which aim to curb the damaging effects of climate change, the causes and consequences of which develop in a global context. This research found that while action at the local level and collaboration at a global level are both critical, the divide between unions of the global South and unions of the global North is one of the main impediments to a common global trade union strategy against climate change.

This leads back to environmental psychology as a discipline, raising important issues about the ‘production’ of environmental psychology and connecting individual practices and identities to the environments, (i.e., the spaces) in which they develop. The chapter closes by suggesting that since the actions of individuals and groups are context specific, and since these contexts are connected globally, environmental psychology needs to find ways to communicate across the power geometries of the North and South, not least by finding ways to include scholars from the global South into its discourses and scientific practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017
Series
International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life, ISSN 2468-7227
Keywords
Consumption and production challenges, Climate change, North-South relationships, Trade unions, Backcasting
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128762 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-31416-7_31 (DOI)978-3-319-31414-3 (ISBN)978-3-319-31416-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-14 Created: 2016-12-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2017). Prologue: Feminist Education and Forum Theatre, a collective rehearsal for reality. In: Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson and Ramia Mazé (Ed.), Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialism, Activism, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (pp. 217-222). AADR (Spurbuchverlag)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prologue: Feminist Education and Forum Theatre, a collective rehearsal for reality
2017 (English)In: Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialism, Activism, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections / [ed] Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson and Ramia Mazé, AADR (Spurbuchverlag) , 2017, p. 217-222Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
AADR (Spurbuchverlag), 2017
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138648 (URN)978-3-88778-489-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-08-25 Created: 2017-08-25 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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