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Räthzel, Nora
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González Ramos, A. & Räthzel, N. (2023). Intruders and outsiders in academia: the intersections of gender and class. In: Alasdair Blair; Darrell Evans; Christina Hughes; Malcolm Tight (Ed.), International perspectives on higher education research: (pp. 77-94). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intruders and outsiders in academia: the intersections of gender and class
2023 (English)In: International perspectives on higher education research / [ed] Alasdair Blair; Darrell Evans; Christina Hughes; Malcolm Tight, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023, p. 77-94Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter the authors analyse different forms of gender and class discrimination in Spanish academic institutions. Androcentrism in terms of the structures of academic institutions, the meritocratic system, the rhythms and contents of work present barriers for women advancing into positions of leadership. The intersectionality of gender and class provides different kinds of hurdles and possibilities for women and men from middle-class and working-class backgrounds. Relationships between (mostly male) supervisors and men and women researchers tend to strengthen men's capabilities of developing their own scientific aspirations and claims to leadership, while women tend to become subordinated supporters of their supervisors' objectives. Power structures dominated by men's values have the effect that some women do not perceive leadership positions as desirable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Series
International perspectives on higher education research, ISSN 1479-3628 ; 15
Keywords
Gender discrimination, androcentrism, meritocracy, intersectionality, power relations, leadership
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201184 (URN)10.1108/S1479-362820220000015005 (DOI)9781802623062 (ISBN)9781802623055 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-23 Created: 2022-11-23 Last updated: 2023-06-19Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2023). Society–labor–nature: the potential of conflict. In: Stephan Rist; Patrick Bottazzi; Johanna Jacobi (Ed.), Critical sustainability sciences: intercultural and emancipatory perspectives (pp. 146-171). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Society–labor–nature: the potential of conflict
2023 (English)In: Critical sustainability sciences: intercultural and emancipatory perspectives / [ed] Stephan Rist; Patrick Bottazzi; Johanna Jacobi, Routledge, 2023, p. 146-171Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, I argue for the necessity to introduce the concept of work (labor) as a mediator between human and non-human lives. I discuss the main insights of influential conceptualizations of the society-nature relationship: a non-reductionist concept of nature as social; "sympoiesis" the co-construction of the world by human and non-human natures; a history understanding the conflictual interrelated effects of human and non-human natures within the capitalist mode of production; harmony between human and non-human natures as a perspective to overcome the capitalist exploitation of workers and the earth; labor that creates and cares for life as a model for labor in general. I argue with Marx that the specificity of human work is its ability to transform human and non-human natures on a global scale, which makes it potentially destructive. Capitalism realizes that potential. To hinder this, indigenous workers, industrial, service, and care workers need to connect and resist. We need an overarching theoretical framework that includes all relations of production as dependent on each other to understand how such connections might happen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Series
Routledge Studies in Sustainability
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-212106 (URN)10.4324/9781003043577-8 (DOI)2-s2.0-85163463270 (Scopus ID)9781032487977 (ISBN)9780367489410 (ISBN)9781003043577 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-07-17 Created: 2023-07-17 Last updated: 2023-09-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2022). Perspektiven gesellschaftlicher Umweltpolitik: Arbeiter*innen als Subjekte der Transformation. In: Valeria Bruschi; Moritz Zeiler (Ed.), Das Klima des Kapitals: Gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse und Ökonomiekritik (pp. 155-170). Dietz
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perspektiven gesellschaftlicher Umweltpolitik: Arbeiter*innen als Subjekte der Transformation
2022 (German)In: Das Klima des Kapitals: Gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse und Ökonomiekritik / [ed] Valeria Bruschi; Moritz Zeiler, Dietz , 2022, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dietz, 2022
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-194038 (URN)978-3-320-02391-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-04-22 Created: 2022-04-22 Last updated: 2022-05-13Bibliographically approved
Leandro, B., Trópia, P. V. & Räthzel, N. (2021). Connecting individual trajectories and resistance movements in Brazil (1ed.). In: Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell (Ed.), Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies: (pp. 339-364). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Connecting individual trajectories and resistance movements in Brazil
2021 (English)In: Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1, p. 339-364Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyses social protests against environmental degradation in Brazil in a context of expanding capitalist relations of production and agribusiness. Data on agrarian protests reveal the main strategies carried out by peasants and small farmers in their struggles for land. The growth of agrarian and environmental conflicts reveals the destructive power of corporations, agribusiness and the state as they threaten nature, labour, local economies and popular cultures, and thus life in general. In a second part the chapter follows the individual trajectories of peasants and rural workers who became leaders of women's movements and trade unions resisting environmental destruction and creating commons communities. They recount how they have learned to become part of the resistance in local unions and political movements and parties. Present as a salient element in all life histories was Liberation Theology, which created a lasting legacy of values centred on justice, fairness and a concern for people and nature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Edition: 1
Keywords
Land struggles, Environment, Labour, Liberation theology, Commons, Social movements, Women's movements
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187902 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_15 (DOI)2-s2.0-85160475114 (Scopus ID)9783030719081 (ISBN)9783030719098 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-09-24 Created: 2021-09-24 Last updated: 2023-06-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2021). Individuals transforming organisations: Spanish environmental trade union policies in Comisiones Obreras. In: Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis and David Uzzell (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies: (pp. 647-673). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Individuals transforming organisations: Spanish environmental trade union policies in Comisiones Obreras
2021 (English)In: The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis and David Uzzell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, p. 647-673Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Räthzel discusses the transformative work of union environmentalists in one of the largest Spanish trade union confederations. She explores how 'organic intellectuals' coming from the resistance movement against the Franco regime were capable to take advantage of a favourable conjuncture of societal and organisational conditions. Connecting Marxism with environmentalism, they created an extensive set of environmental policies and structures, including hundreds of environmental representatives throughout the country, a research institute and an international organisation reaching out to unions in the Global South. Based on documents and the life-histories of the protagonists, it is argued that the success, crisis and revival of this 'environmental project' can only be understood by analysing the relationship between structural affordances and the role of individuals as promoters of change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2021
Keywords
Trade union environmentalism, Comisiones Obreras, Organic intellectuals, Life-histories, Marxism, Social movements
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187414 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_28 (DOI)9783030719081 (ISBN)9783030719111 (ISBN)9783030719098 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-09-09 Created: 2021-09-09 Last updated: 2021-09-14Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N., Stevis, D. & Uzzell, D. (2021). Introduction: expanding the boundaries of environmental labour studies (1ed.). In: Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies: (pp. 1-31). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: expanding the boundaries of environmental labour studies
2021 (English)In: The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1, p. 1-31Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Environmental labour studies has grown into a research area with multiple studies of working-class environmentalism, predominantly in the Global North. To encourage comparative research and global political alliances, this handbook includes environmental struggles of Indigenous populations, subsistence farmers, fisherfolk and commoners. The introduction presents ways of thinking about the relationships between society, labour and nature, and a broader notion of work to include unwaged and subsistence workers in the Global North and South. It concludes with an outline of the book's six sections: histories of workers' environmental engagements globally; unionists, Indigenous peoples and environmentalists seeking common ground; environmental struggles of farmers, commoners and communities; unions and state environmental policies; organic intellectuals; and rethinking and broadening the concepts of work, work/energy, labour-nature, design and the future of work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Edition: 1
Keywords
Trade unions, Working-class environmentalism, Environmentalism of the poor, Labour-Nature relationship, Globalisation
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187413 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85160473742 (Scopus ID)9783030719081 (ISBN)9783030719111 (ISBN)9783030719098 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-09-09 Created: 2021-09-09 Last updated: 2023-06-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N., Stevis, D. & Uzzell, D. (2021). Introduction: trade union environmentalists as organic intellectuals in the USA, the UK, and Spain (1ed.). In: Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies: (pp. 583-590). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: trade union environmentalists as organic intellectuals in the USA, the UK, and Spain
2021 (English)In: The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1, p. 583-590Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introducing Part V, this chapter describes the method of life-histories used by its authors and outlines the main characteristics of industrial relations in the USA, the UK and Spain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Edition: 1
Keywords
Environmental health, Migrant workers, Pneumoconiosis, Rural poverty, Unsustainable economic growth
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-209144 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_25 (DOI)2-s2.0-85160498662 (Scopus ID)9783030719098 (ISBN)9783030719081 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-06-08 Created: 2023-06-08 Last updated: 2023-06-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2021). Society - labour - nature: how to think the relationships (1ed.). In: Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies: (pp. 793-814). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Society - labour - nature: how to think the relationships
2021 (English)In: The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies / [ed] Nora Räthzel; Dimitris Stevis; David Uzzell, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, 1, p. 793-814Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Räthzel discusses different ways of thinking the society–nature relationship: nature as social, as sympoiesis, humans and non-human nature 'working together', capital as a producer and product of nature, capital as a destroyer of nature. These conceptualisations do not account sufficiently for the centrality of work as the mediator between human and non-human nature. Merging Marx's concept of work with Moore's analysis of capitalism as exploiting waged and appropriating unpaid work and with Haug's notion of gender relations as relations of production it is argued, could provide a framework for understanding the production of the means of life and the production of life (care work paid and unpaid) as processes of communicating vessels. This could also help to link hitherto separate studies of labour environmentalism, environmental justice, and care work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Edition: 1
Keywords
Social nature, Sympoiesis, Alienation, Care work, Gender relations, Environmental Justice
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187415 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_34 (DOI)2-s2.0-85160473468 (Scopus ID)9783030719081 (ISBN)9783030719111 (ISBN)9783030719098 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-09-09 Created: 2021-09-09 Last updated: 2023-06-08Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N., Stevis, D. & Uzzell, D. (Eds.). (2021). The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Palgrave handbook of environmental labour studies
2021 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this comprehensive Handbook, scholars from across the globe explore the relationships between workers and nature in the context of the environmental crises. They provide an invaluable overview of a fast-growing research field that bridges the social and natural sciences. Chapters provide detailed perspectives of environmental labour studies, environmental struggles of workers, indigenous peoples, farmers and commoners in the Global South and North. The relations within and between organisations that hinder or promote environmental strategies are analysed, including the relations between workers and environmental organisations, NGOs, feminist and community movements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. p. 891
National Category
Sociology Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187410 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8 (DOI)2-s2.0-85123219030 (Scopus ID)9783030719081 (ISBN)9783030719111 (ISBN)9783030719098 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-09-09 Created: 2021-09-09 Last updated: 2023-12-04Bibliographically approved
Räthzel, N. (2021). Trade union perceptions of the labour - nature relationship. Environmental Sociology, 7(4), 267-278
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2021 (English)In: Environmental Sociology, ISSN 2325-1042, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 267-278Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on research with environmentally engaged trade unionists in India. It follows their trajectories into the trade union and explores their environmental engagements. A short presentation of the history of Indian trade unionism, aims to understand its ‘multi-unionism’. Analysing three exemplary life-histories of unionists, their motivations to engage in unions and their relationships to workers and to poor people, three models of perceiving the labour-nature relationship are offered: the container model, nature as a mediator of survival, and the nature-labour alliance. I show that the way in which unionists perceive the labour-nature relationship is shaped by their practices and influences their environmental policies. Furthermore, trade unions who seek alliances with other social movements on equal terms, develop a more comprehensive perception of the labour-nature relationship and thereby the development of more wide-ranging environmental policies. I conclude suggesting that the conditions enabling a more comprehensive perception of the labour-nature relationship could become possible if workers along the value chain could collaborate to learn from each other about their working conditions and the natures they transform.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2021
Keywords
Environmental Labour Studies, labour-Nature Alliance, worker environmentalism, social movement unionism
National Category
Sociology Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-181858 (URN)10.1080/23251042.2021.1897766 (DOI)000635480300001 ()2-s2.0-85103212453 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1990
Available from: 2021-03-29 Created: 2021-03-29 Last updated: 2022-01-12Bibliographically approved
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