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From movement to organization: Constructing identity in Swedish trade unions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2013 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 54, no 3, 301--320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study argues that re-formation of working-class identity was crucial for the construction of a cohesive labour movement in Sweden. Analysis of the materials used in trade union study circles in the 1920s and 1930s reveals that the organizational identity constructed by the leadership was closely linked to the organization as a phenomenon rather than to the class structure on which it was based. This was a response to the left-wing organizations, communists and syndicalists, that challenged the reformist labour movement in the 1920s and an attempt to create unity in the reformist branch of the labour movement.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 54, no 3, 301--320 p.
Keyword [en]
Trade union movement, class formation, labor movement, identity, social democracy, organizational identity, identity entrepreneurs, labor leaders, popular education, LO, ABF, Sigfrid Hansson
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209617DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2013.809925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209617DiVA: diva2:658730
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2013-11-07Bibliographically approved

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