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  • 1. Back, Les
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Hieronymus, Andreas
    Introduction: Aims, methods, and sample2008In: Finding the way home: Young people´s stories of gender, ethnicity, class, and places in Hamburg and London, Göttingen: V&R unipress , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    González Ramos, Ana M.
    et al.
    Open University of Catalonia, Spain.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    ‘You must aim high’ - ‘No, I never felt like a woman’: Women and Men Making Sense of Non-standard Trajectories into Higher Education2018In: International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, E-ISSN 2040-0748, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 130-146Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 3.
    González Ramos, Ana
    et al.
    Spanish National Research Council, Spain.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Intruders and outsiders in academia: the intersections of gender and class2023In: 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.

  • 4. Kalpaka, Annita
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Die schwierigkeit, nicht rassistisch zu sein – 30 Jahre später2017In: Rassismus: die schwierigkeit, nicht rassistische zu sein / [ed] Annita Kalpaka, Nora Räthzel, Klaus Weber, Hamburg: Argument Verlag mit Ariadne , 2017, p. 7-39Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 5. Kalpaka, Annita
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Wirkungsweisen von rassismus und ethnozentrismus2017In: Rassismus: die schwierigkeit, nicht rassistische zu sein, Hamburg: Argument Verlag mit Ariadne , 2017, p. 40-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 6. Kalpaka, Annita
    et al.
    Räthzel, NoraUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.Weber, Klaus
    Rassismus: die schwierigkeit, nicht rassistisch zu sein2017Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [de]

    In »Rassismus. Die Schwierigkeit, nicht rassistisch zu sein« treffen klassische Texte aus der Kritischen Psychologie unter der Leitfrage nach der Funktionalität von Rassismus neu aufeinander. Annita Kalpaka und Nora Räthzel verfassten 1986 den ersten Text zu Alltagsrassismus und institutionellem Rassismus in der Bundesrepublik, der weitere Verbreitung fand. Sie stellen darin die noch immer brisante Frage nach der Funktionalität von Rassismus für die Handlungsfähigkeit der Subjekte in restriktiven gesellschaftlichen Verhältnissen. Ihnen ging es um alltäglichen Rassismus, die übliche Diskriminierung von Eingewanderten und um Kritik an einer Politik, die sich weigerte, Eingewanderte »als integralen Bestandteil der deutschen Gesellschaft zu betrachten«. Heute, 30 Jahre später, haben die Autorinnen ihren Text kommentiert und auf aktuelle Fragestellungen hin zugespitzt. Die Herausgeber*innen machen außerdem Artikel von Philip Cohen, Klaus Holzkamp und Ute Osterkamp aus den 1980ern und 1990ern wieder zugänglich. Die Texte behandeln u. a. das Verhältnis von Alltags- und institutionellem Rassismus, die Verstrickung in rassistische Verhältnisse und die Grenzen einer auf Erziehung und Aufklärung reduzierten antirassistischen Strategie. Eine Lektüre der damaligen Analysen zeigt unausweichlich, »wo und wie die Grundlagen für die Ausgrenzung und damit für die Entfremdung von der Aufnahmegesellschaft gelegt worden sind«.

  • 7.
    Leandro, Beatriz
    et al.
    KOINONIA, Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue for the Amazon, São Paulo, Brazil.
    Trópia, Patrícia Vieira
    Federal University of Uberlandia, Uberlandia, Brazil.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Connecting individual trajectories and resistance movements in Brazil2021In: 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.

  • 8.
    Lundström, Ragnar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Uzzell, David
    School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
    Disconnected spaces: introducing environmental perspectives into the trade union agendatop-down and bottom-up2015In: Environmental Sociology, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 166-176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article compares how visions for integrating environmental issues into the union agenda are articulated from two different positions in the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). The article is based on an analysis of ‘life history interviews’ and directs attention to the biographical circumstances under which individuals are able to work with environmental issues in unions. The analysis shows that the conditions for integrating environmental issues are weakened by the hierarchical culture of the organisation and by high levels of institutionalisation. LO furthermore lacks routines for mobilising the interests of environmental enthusiasts, and being positioned at headquarters hampers the abilities of union officials to mobilise environmental interests among members. Comparing the experiences from Sweden with the case of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) in Spain shows that success depends on a relationship between individual engagement and political. Union transformation is contingent on developing issues that connect the immediate interests of workers with their long-term interests as citizens, such that a new workers’ identity can develop and lead to practices that overcome the ‘metabolic rift’.

  • 9. Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    Räthzel, NoraUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Bortom etnicitet: Festskrift till Aleksandra Ålund2006Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 10. Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Inledning2006In: Bortom etnicitet: Festskrift till Aleksandra Ålund, Umeå: Boréa , 2006, p. 9-16Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11. Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Politicizing biographies: the forming of transnational subjectivities as insiders outside2007In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, no 86, p. 86-112Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We take our own life stories as points of departure to look at some of the ways in which women were politicized in Argentina and West Germany (our respective countries of origin), focusing on similarities as well as differences in our politicization processes. We aim at putting present discussions about global political movements into a historical perspective. We want also to illuminate the centrality of political identities in the construction of specific (gendered) subjectivities. Our focus lies on theorizing the ways through which privileged (gendered) identities critically re-read their own position and transform their own understanding of themselves and the world through the field of the political. Methodologically, we want to contribute to ways of re-thinking Feminist methodologies by experimenting with a form of analysis in which we are alternately the subject and the object of our research process. The aim of this intervention is to transgress the binary oppositions between researcher/researched and challenge traditional understanding of social science where researchers provide analysis and informants have 'experience'. One of our conclusions is that the 68 movement provided subject positions for living alternative normalities as an 'insider-outside', that is, for those who belonged to normalized groups in their respective societies, but for different reasons (of which we analyse some concerning our formation as 'women') could not identify with the dominant normalities offered to them. At the same time, the dominant male instrumentality of the movement estranged (some) women and allowed them (or forced them into) a kind of distanced engagement that, perhaps paradoxically, provided a basis for sustaining their political subjectivities through transformative experiences of defeat.

  • 12.
    Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The promise of the "Nordic" and its reality in the South: the experiences of Mexican workers as members of the "Volvo Family"2009In: Complying with colonialism: gender, race and ethnicity in the Nordic region / [ed] Suvi Keskinen; Salla Tuori; Sari Irni; Diana Mulinari, Ashgate, 2009, p. 67-84Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13. Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Tollefsen, Aina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
    Everyday working lives in a transnational corporation in Mexico: the contradictory cooptation of trade unionists2011In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 379-399Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims to contribute to the rich literature on neoliberalization and trade unions in Mexico by providing an examination of the contradictory relationships between capital, trade unions and the workers they represent, in a Swedish-based transnational corporation. The article investigates how the broader international relationships of dependency and exploitation are lived by workers and trade unionists in the everyday of a transnational corporation in Mexico, where the power of the trade unions has been undermined by politics of neoliberalization and by the demise of the ruling party, with which the unions are allied. Its thesis is that trade unions are changing from being power brokers between governments, companies and workers to becoming mediators of subordination to the company. While they still retain some of their power (for instance their participation in hiring and firing), they are becoming unable to secure work security and workers’ rights. In the everyday working life of a factory this means that unionists are torn between their need and wish to protect workers´ rights and their jobs as union officials. In this context, they experience a need to subordinate themselves and the workers they are supposed to represent to the strategy of the management. They employ a number of strategies to legitimate their existence, none of which appears to be very convincing to the workers. While the union´s strategies undermine their ability and that of the workers to organize for their rights, it also produces a dissatisfaction among workers that counters the companys attempt to organize consent and motivation.

  • 14.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    30 Jahre Rassismusforschung. Begriffe, Erklärungen, Methoden, Perspektiven2012In: Skandal und doch normal: Impulse für eine antirassistische Praxis / [ed] Jäger, Margarete und Kaufmann, Heiko, Münster: Unrast Verlag , 2012, p. 191-220Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Arbeiter- Frauen- und Umweltbewegungen. Gegensätze und Gemeinsamkeiten am Beispiel zweier Lebensgeschichten aus Brasilien2016In: Kurswechsel, ISSN 1016-8419, Vol. 3, p. 46-59Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Aussiedler and Ausländer: Transforming german national identity2006In: Transformations of the new Germany / [ed] Ruth A. Starkman, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, p. 157-179Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Begegnungen mit dem Kopftuch2005In: Politik ums Kopftuch, Argument Verlag, Hamburg , 2005, p. 112-119Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 18.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Concluding remarks2008In: Finding the Way Home: Young People´s Stories of Gender, Ethnicity, Class, and Places in Hamburg and London, V&R unipress, Göttingen , 2008, p. 297-294Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Creating spaces of fear and spaces of safety: Young natives and migrants in Metropolitan neighbourhoods2006In: Multicultures and cities, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen , 2006, p. 141-157Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Das Projekt Automation und Qualifikation (PAQ)2009In: Das Argument, Vol. 51, no 280, p. 221-228Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Developments in theories of racisms in postmodern times2004In: SIETAR Journal. Kulturelle Vielfalt in Europa, Cultural Diversity in Europe, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 15-18Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Die Bedeutung von "Rasse" und Rassismus für die Konstruktion des modernen Nationalstaates oder: Doppelcharakter der Naturalisierung des Sozialen2010In: "Rasse" - eine soziale und politische konstruktion: Strukturen und Phänomene des Vorurteils Rassismus, Wien: Braumüller , 2010, p. 67-76Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Eine hoffnungsvolle Beziehung zwischen Frauen-, Umwelt- und Arbeiterbewegung2010In: Das Argument, ISSN 0004-1157, Vol. 52, no 3, p. 347-358Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    El desarrollo de la sostenibilidad social: el proyecto "Bienestar para Todos" de la ciudad de Malmö2009In: Sostenibilidad, Valores y Cultura Ambiental / [ed] Ricardo García Mira, Pedro Vega Marcote, Madrid: Pirámide , 2009, 1, p. 165-181Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Exclusionary practices and class relations2008In: Finding the way home: Young people´s stories of gender, ethnicity, class, and places in Hamburg and London, V&R unipress, Göttingen , 2008, p. 107-154Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Farhågor och förhoppningar2006In: Invandrare & Minoriteter, ISSN 1404-6857, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 16-19Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Farhågor och önskningar2009In: Invandrare & Minoriteter, ISSN 1404-6857, Vol. 36, no Specialnummer, p. 36-39Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Finding the Way Home: Young People´s Stories of Gender, Ethnicity, Class, and Places in Hamburg and London2008Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    From individual heroism to political resistance: young people challenging everyday racism on the labour market2006In: Journal of Education and Work, ISSN 1363-9080, E-ISSN 1469-9435, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 219-235Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The labour market in Sweden today does not offer a rosy picture for young people. Among them are youth with a migrant background that have the lowest chance of becoming employed. The table below shows the unemployment rates of young people with a migrant background.

  • 30.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Föreställ dig att du är en invandrare och ingen bryr sig: Rädslor, hopp och unga människors strategier för inträde till arbetsmarknaden2006In: På tröskeln till lönearbete: diskriminering, exkludering och underordning av personer med utländsk bakgrund : rapport av Utredningen om makt, integration och strukturell diskriminering / [ed] Anders Neergaard, Stockholm: Fritzes , 2006, p. 91-136Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Föreställ dig att du är en invandrare och ingen bryr sig: Rädslor, hopp och unga människors strategier för inträde till arbetsmarknaden2007In: Makt, kultur och kontroll över invandrares livsvillkor: Multidimensionella perspektiv på strukturell diskriminering i Sverige / [ed] Tom R. Burn, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2007, p. 437-471Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Gender relations and the politics of time and space2008In: Finding the Way Home: Young People´s Stories of Gender, Ethnicity, Class, and Places in Hamburg and London, Göttingen: V&R unipress , 2008, p. 73-106Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Geschlecht und Rassismus im Diskurs2011In: Rechtsextremismus und Gender / [ed] Ursula Birsl, Köln: Verlag Barbara Budrich , 2011, p. 85-114Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Hetero-homogeneity: Some reflections on meeting places in Tensta2005In: Nordisk arkitekturforskning, ISSN 1102-5824, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 17-36Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Hetero-homogenitet: Några reflexioner kring mötesplatser i Tensta2007In: Periferin i centrum: Gränsöverskridande praktiker i Stockholms offentliga rum, Göteborg: Daidalos , 2007, p. 263-291Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Individuals transforming organisations: Spanish environmental trade union policies in Comisiones Obreras2021In: 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.

  • 37.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Kön och rasism i diskurser2006In: Feministiska interventioner: Berättelser om och från en annan värld, Stockholm: Bokförlaget Atlas , 2006Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 38.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Lack of rain in the rainforest2012In: Global Labour University Weekly Column, no 93Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mit der Angst kämpfen, auf Hoffnung bestehen: Strategien junger MigrantInnen beim Eintritt in das schwedische Arbeitsleben2010In: Kulturelle Dimensionen von Konflikten  / [ed] Wilhelm Berger, Brigitte Hipfl, Kirstin Mertlitsch, Viktorija Ratkovic, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag , 2010, p. 128-143Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Några reflektioner om ungdomars inträde på den svenska arbetsmarknaden2005In: Bortom rasismer i Europa - visioner för ett annat samhälle, Stockholm: Agora , 2005, p. 32-71Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Perspektiven gesellschaftlicher Umweltpolitik: Arbeiter*innen als Subjekte der Transformation2022In: Das Klima des Kapitals: Gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse und Ökonomiekritik / [ed] Valeria Bruschi; Moritz Zeiler, Dietz , 2022, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Privatiseringen av producentens stolthet2011In: Arbete: intersektionella perspektiv / [ed] Paula Mulinari & Rebecca Selberg, Malmö: Gleerups , 2011, 1, p. 171-187Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Prologue: Feminist Education and Forum Theatre, a collective rehearsal for reality2017In: 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)
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  • 44.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Rassismus2019In: 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)
  • 45.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Rassismus und Feminismus: Handbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung2004In: Handbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften , 2004, p. 248-256Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Respuestas estratégicas de mujeres y hombres a lo largo de sus carreras científicas2018In: Mujeres en la ciencia contemporánea: la aguja y el camello / [ed] Ana M. González Ramos, Icaria , 2018, p. 97-131Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sarrazin und die neoliberale Globalisierung: Zu einigen übersehenen Aspekten der Debatte2011In: Rassismus in der Leistungsgesellschaft: Analysen und kritische Perspektiven zu den rassistischen Normalisierungsprozessen der "Sarrazindebatte" / [ed] Sebastian Friedrich, Münster: Edition assemblage , 2011, 1, p. 230-239Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Självorganisering och stat: En jämförelse mellan medborgarföreningar i Stockholm och Hamburg2007In: Periferin i centrum: Gränsöverskridande praktiker i Stockholms offentliga rum, Göteborg: Daidalos , 2007, p. 293-331Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Society - labour - nature: how to think the relationships2021In: 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.

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    Räthzel, Nora
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Society–labor–nature: the potential of conflict2023In: 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.

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