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Greening transport in Sweden: the role of the organic intellectual in changing union climate change policy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4939-8569
2018 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774X, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 536-549Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article engages with the role of the individual in transforming union organizations by discussing the experiences of Ulf Jarnefjord and his efforts to introduce climate change policies into the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union [Transportarbetareförbundet]. Research investigating the integration of climate change policies into the agenda of Swedish trade unions has identified a disconnect between policy development among leaders on the one hand, and engagement among members on the other. Employing the life-history interview method, and the analytical concept of ‘organic intellectual’, this article focusses on the ways in which Ulf, as a regional health and safety officer, has experienced engaging with climate change issues in relation to both members and the leadership of his union. His experiences point to the importance of learning about how climate change and production impact on the everyday lives of members for developing and mobilizing support for climate change policies in unions.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 15, no 4, p. 536-549
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Trade unions, Sweden, climate change, life history interview, organic intellectuals, technological fix
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149175DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2018.1454677ISI: 000430500900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-149175DiVA, id: diva2:1219514
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-06-16 Created: 2018-06-16 Last updated: 2018-10-01Bibliographically approved

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