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Mobilizing resistance: the Burberry workers' campaign against factory closure

Blyton, Paul Robert and Jenkins, Jean ORCID: 2012. Mobilizing resistance: the Burberry workers' campaign against factory closure. Sociological Review 60 (1) , pp. 25-45. 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2011.02043.x

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This paper draws on mobilization theory, frame analysis and community characteristics to explore a high-profile campaign by a largely female workforce against the closure of a clothing plant owned by the international fashion house, Burberry. It analyses the particular factors associated with their mobilization and examines the workforce's propensity to act collectively, having exhibited little indication of a clear definition of its collective interests in the past. The paper highlights the central importance of perceived substantive and procedural injustice among the workforce, together with the ways in which geographic location and community characteristics reinforced their willingness to fight the closure decision. The paper concludes by considering the wider implications of this campaign for mobilization theory.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobilization; frame analysis; factory closure; collective action; community; garment sector
Publisher: Blackwell
ISSN: 0038-0261
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:56

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