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Individuals transforming organisations: Spanish environmental trade union policies in Comisiones Obreras
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. p. 647-673
Keywords [en]
Trade union environmentalism, Comisiones Obreras, Organic intellectuals, Life-histories, Marxism, Social movements
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187414DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_28ISBN: 9783030719081 (print)ISBN: 9783030719111 (print)ISBN: 9783030719098 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-187414DiVA, id: diva2:1592789
Available from: 2021-09-09 Created: 2021-09-09 Last updated: 2021-09-14Bibliographically approved

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