Social Movement Theory, Colletcive Action Frames and Union Theory: A Critique and Extension

(Forthcoming) British Journal of Industrial Relations

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 Last revised: 30 Nov 2012

Peter G. Gahan

University of Melbourne - Department of Management and Marketing

Andreas Pekarek

Monash University - Department of Management

Date Written: August 31, 2011

Abstract

The publication of John Kelly’s Rethinking Industrial Relations (1998) spawned a growing interest among researchers in exploring how social movement (SM) theory can be used to inform union research, particularly in the context of revitalization/renewal debates. Our starting proposition is that this approach can be extended thorugh an engagement with the larger corpus of SM theory. We focus in particular on the ‘collective action frame’ (CAF) concept. Drawing on SMT examples, we illustrate how the CAF concept can be more usefully deployed to extend and enrich union theory and pose new questions concerning the role of unions.

Keywords: social movement theory, collective action frame, union theory

JEL Classification: J50, J51

Suggested Citation

Gahan, Peter G. and Pekarek, Andreas, Social Movement Theory, Colletcive Action Frames and Union Theory: A Critique and Extension (August 31, 2011). (Forthcoming) British Journal of Industrial Relations. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1920544

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Andreas Pekarek

Monash University - Department of Management ( email )

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