This title was first published in 2001. This detailed study of European trade unions also addresses academic concerns about the continuing relevance of the class concept as an analytical tool. As a social movement, the trade union has always used the class principal to unite and defend workers, and the diverse contributions to this volume enable the more accurate positioning of class discourse within both the debate about trade unions and wider sociological inquiry.

chapter |12 pages


Modernisation of Trade Unions and Class Analysis
ByVan Gyes Guy

chapter 1|24 pages

The Crisis of Union Representation

ByAndrew J. Richards

chapter 2|42 pages

The Transformation of Social Classes

From ‘Deproletarianisation’ to ‘Individualisation’?
ByMichael Vester

chapter 3|22 pages

Class Identity in Contemporary Britain

The Demise of Collectivism? 56
ByMike Savage

chapter 4|28 pages

Social Segregation in a Working-class Community

Economic and Social Change in the South Wales Coalfield
ByDavid Adamson

chapter 5|42 pages

Labour Market Dualisation and Trade Union Involvement in Spain

ByJavier G. Polavieja

chapter 6|20 pages

Union Participation in the Netherlands

Differences Between Traditional and ‘New’ Employees
BySjoerd Goslinga, Bert Klandermans

chapter 7|28 pages

Models for Industrial Relations in the Private Service Industries

ByMaurizio Ambrosini

chapter 8|28 pages

Urban Centredness as a Source of Variation in Middle-Class Formation

Evidence from North London
Edited ByTim Butler

chapter 9|28 pages

Class, Collective Action and the Countryside

Edited ByMartin Phillips

chapter 10|20 pages

Building Again? Trade Unions and Formalisation in the British Construction Industry

Edited ByIan Roberts, Tim Strangleman

chapter 12|12 pages

Can Class Still Unite: Lessons from the American Experience

Edited BySherry Linkon, John Russo

chapter 13|10 pages

Does Class Still Unite? Concluding Remarks

Edited ByBert Klandermans