The purpose of the special issue
Workers' activities have long shaped social institutions like workplaces, schools, social
welfare, childcare, retirement incomes, labour law and the health system. Their actions
affect social standards and economic development. Workers' organisations, protests and
actions can create a sense of community and strengthen families. The ways in which unions
choose to strategically mobilize limited resources can also function in exclusionary ways.
Contributions to this special issue will examine this overarching question: How do unions
and the ways in which they represent and create - and are in turn created by - workers'
identities, affect the strength and nature of communities, families and social life?
The call is for abstracts (500-1,000 words), following which there will be a call for selected
full papers. Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 14, 2014.
International contributions, including contributions from the Asia Pacific region, are
The changing influence of unionism across time and place means that unions’ effects are
highly variable around the globe, in different regions and through history. This leads to a
variety of questions. How do unions’ understandings of families and households shape both
community engagement as well as workplace representation? How do unions draw upon
and contribute to the resources within workplaces, families/households and communities to
act as forces for social, political and economic change? When and why do some unions fail
to engage with broader agendas around households/families and communities in a rapidly
changing world, and how does this shape union organizing and workplace representation?
What can we expect of the union engagement with the community and family/household
agenda over time?
Abstracts (500-1,000 words): 14 March 2014
Submission of full papers: 30 May 2014
Final revised papers due by: 26 September 2014