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Bridging Social Movement and Industrial Relations Theory: An Analysis of Worker Organizing Campaigns in the United States and China

Social Movements, Stakeholders and Non-Market Strategy

ISBN: 978-1-78754-350-8, eISBN: 978-1-78754-349-2

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 6 August 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we draw from our own empirical data on worker organizing and identify important concepts that bridge social movement (SM) and industrial relations (IR) theory. In a context of traditional union decline and a surge of alternative types of worker mobilization, we apply SM and IR concepts related to the mobilizing structures and culture to cases of labor organizing via worker centers and community–labor alliances in the United States and China. From an analytical perspective, we argue that the field of SMs and IR can both benefit from this type of cross-discipline theorization.

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Acknowledgments

We want to thank the editors and reviewers for their valuable feedback and comments on earlier drafts.

Citation

Tapia, M., Elfström, M. and Roca-Servat, D. (2018), "Bridging Social Movement and Industrial Relations Theory: An Analysis of Worker Organizing Campaigns in the United States and China", Briscoe, F., King, B.G. and Leitzinger, J. (Ed.) Social Movements, Stakeholders and Non-Market Strategy (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 56), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 173-206. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20180000056008

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