Here is a link to a description off all ISA RC 44 panels, as well as the portal for submitting abstracts:
The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2015. Please feel free to email me with questions (email@example.com).
Economic Crisis and New Forms of Worker Organizing
Kim VOSS, University of California, Berkeley, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan EVANS, Ryerson University, Canada, email@example.com
Maurizio ATZENI, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session in English
The economic crisis that engulfed many countries beginning in 2008 has had profound and varying effects on worker organizing. According to a recent ILO World of Work report, strikes and street demonstrations increased in some countries and declined in others. Almost everywhere, however, traditional union structures and modes of politics have been challenged by a new reality. This session invites both theoretically engaged and empirically rich papers that examine new forms of worker organizing that have been experimented with in the course of the last decade.
Theoretically, we especially encourage papers that connect specific dynamics of the economic and political crisis to workers’ organization and mobilization. In both the Global North and South, people contend with deep insecurities of work and of life. Yet it remains unclear how these deep insecurities are articulated with the question of who, where and how capital is produced in historically and geographically uneven world regions or how different compositions of capital and politics create new subaltern groups, new collective subjectivities and new (or renewed) forms of struggles.
Empirically, we are interested in a wide range of campaigns by workers and community groups to redressing insecurity and low-wage work, from living and minimum wage struggles to innovative strategies of trade unionism to altogether new alternatives.