Sociology of Labour Conflict

The seminar is interested in the origins and main features of workplace conflicts in capitalist societies. It analyses first the conflict of interest that lies at the heart of capitalist employment relationship and tries to figure out, under which conditions it gives rise to individual or collective action. How do workers come to define their interests in collective or individual terms? How and why do people acquire a sense of injustice or grievance? The seminar will be based mainly on English and American discussions on industrial relations, mobilization processes and strikes. It tries to give an overview of actual tendencies in strike actions around the world. It is also supposed to train the seminar participants in understanding English scientific texts and discussions as well as expressing themselves in English, which is an important condition for international research and occupational careers.


  • Ability/Willingness to read and discuss in English
  • Oral presentation

Zusätzliche Voraussetzungen für den Erwerb von Leistungspunkten:

  • Short summaries on English texts
  • Essay


  • Burawoy, M. 1979: Manufacturing Consent, Chicago, University of Chicago Press
  •  Kelly, J. 1998: Rethinking Industrial Relations. Mobilization, collectivism and long waves, New York, Routledge
  •  Edwards, P.K. 1986: Conflict at work, Oxford, Blackwell
  •  Gumbrell-McCormick, R./Hyman, R. 2013: Trade Unions in Western Europe. Hard times, hard choices, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  •  Hyman, R. 1972: Strikes, London: Fontana
  •  Hyman, R. 2001: Understanding European Trade Unionism: Between Market, Class and Society, London/Thousand Oaks/New Delhi, Sage
  •  Silver, B. 2003: Forces of Labor, New York, Cambridge University Press
  •  Offe,Claus/Wiesenthal, H. 1985: Two logics of collective action, in: C.Offe, Disorganized Capitalism, Oxford: Polity Press
  •  Van der Velden, S./Dribbusch, H./Lyddon, D./Vandaele, K. (eds.) 2007: Strikes around the world, 1968-2005, Amsterdam 2007, Aksan


Wintersemester 2013/2014
Ort und Zeit: 
Dienstag, 12.15-13.45, 2.012

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