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Trade union perceptions of the labour - nature relationship
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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.

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Routledge, 2021. Vol. 7, no 4, p. 267-278
Keywords [en]
Environmental Labour Studies, labour-Nature Alliance, worker environmentalism, social movement unionism
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Sociology Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-181858DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2021.1897766ISI: 000635480300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85103212453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-181858DiVA, id: diva2:1540413
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-1990Available from: 2021-03-29 Created: 2021-03-29 Last updated: 2022-01-12Bibliographically approved

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