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Collective Mobilization in Changing Conditions

Worker Collectivity in a Turbulent Age

  • Jonas Axelsson
  • Jan Ch. Karlsson
  • Egil J. Skorstad
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
    Pages 1-23
  3. Factory Life and the Worker Collectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-26
    2. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 27-47
    3. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 49-72
    4. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 73-108
  4. Developments of the Theory of the Worker Collectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-111
    2. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 113-133
    3. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 135-157
    4. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 159-181
    5. Jonas Axelsson, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad
      Pages 183-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-207

About this book

Introduction

This book presents the first published account in English of Sverre Lysgaard's theory of the ‘worker collectivity’ – a theory of an informal protective organisation among subordinate employees, which so far has been unknown outside Scandinavia.


Lysgaard’s theory espouses that workers collectively form a buffer against management to protect themselves from the technical/economic power, which controls their working lives. The authors have returned to the same Norwegian factory Lysgaard studied in the 1950s to carry out ethnographic fieldwork in the 1980s and 2010s, and investigate the changing nature of the production, labour processes and management strategies. Through analysis that extends over 50 years of factory life, this research documents shifting power relations between workers and employers during times of changing institutional structures, globalization, and worker solidarity. A revised version of the theory is also presented as an answer to some of the uncovered deficiencies in the original framework. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of the sociology of work, labour studies, business management and organisation studies.


Keywords

labour processes factory life Sverre Lysgaard Mill workers Norway

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonas Axelsson
    • 1
  • Jan Ch. Karlsson
    • 2
  • Egil J. Skorstad
    • 3
  1. 1.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Østfold University CollegeHaldenNorway
  3. 3.Østfold University CollegeHaldenNorway

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