The Individual and Collective Representation
In this chapter we shall be considering the extent of involvement in bodies providing collective representation, and the individual characteristics that are associated with such involvement. This extends the analysis at the individual level that we developed in the companion volume to this one. There we dealt with the question of collective representation only in terms of the individual’s perceived need for an organisation with a particular level of enterprise and society unionateness. The meaning of these concepts, and the way that they were measured, is fully discussed in the previous volume, but broadly the first, enterprise unionateness, covers the level of independence of, and militancy towards, an employer while the second, society unionateness, deals with the degree of identification with the wider labour movement. In either case the concept applies both to the actions undertaken by organisations (or, more properly, actions that they are prepared to undertake) and to the desire for such actions on the part of individuals.
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