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The Role of Community Organisations in the Collective Mobilisation of Migrant Workers: The Importance of a ‘Community’-Oriented Perspective

Jiang, Joyce; Korczynski, Marek

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Joyce Jiang

MAREK KORCZYNSKI MAREK.KORCZYNSKI@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Sociology of Work and Human Resource Management



Abstract

In examining the collective mobilisation of migrant workers, scholars have explored the emergence of community organisations as alternative forms of worker representation. However, community unionism scholars tend to adopt a union-centric perspective, which leaves unexplored the complex nature of community organisations. We argue that it is important to adopt a ‘community’-oriented perspective. Such a perspective allows us to explore varied capacity for collective actions and different forms of identity framing across community organisations. We argue that these can affect the union–community relationship and organising outcomes. By comparing ethnographic case studies of the role of two community organisations vis-a-vis the collective mobilisation of migrant workers, we conclude that community organisations which focus on participatory internal relations, and which frame collective identities (including class) in an intersectional way, are more likely to have reciprocal relationships with trade unions and contribute to collective mobilisation.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 2, 2023
Publication Date 2024-04
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 2, 2023
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Electronic ISSN 1469-8722
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 339-357
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/09500170221138008
Keywords Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Economics and Econometrics; Sociology and Political Science; Accounting
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/15714710
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09500170221138008
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