Policy Press

Exiting the Factory (Volume 1)

Strikes and Class Formation Beyond the Industrial Sector

By Alexander Gallas

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529212112

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529212136

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Exiting the Factory (Volume 1)

In this important book, Gallas asks what strikes in non-industrial sectors mean for class formation, a critical question which has been largely unaddressed by the current literature on global labour unrest.

A mapping of strikes around the world and case studies from Germany, Britain and Spain cast new light on class relations, struggles around waged and unwaged work and labour movements in contemporary capitalism to brings class theory back to labour studies.

This is a valuable resource for academics and students of employment relations, sociology and politics.

Alexander Gallas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kassel, and editor of the Global Labour Journal.

Part 1: Global Labour Studies: Conducting Research on the Side of Workers

1. Being on the Side of Workers: On the Normative Foundations of Global Labour Studies

2. From Organic Intellectuals to Academic Workers: How Knowledge Handlers Connect with Organised Labour

3. The Challenge of Strategic Research: A Critical Engagement with the Power Resources Approach

Part 2: Class Theory: Relations of Production, Antagonism and Social Domination

4. The Ontology of Class: Moving beyond Inequality and Identity

5. The Constitution of Class in Capitalism: From the Relations of Production to Collective Agency

6. Making, Unmaking, Remaking: Working Class Forces in Formation

7. Between Representation and Intermediation: The Double Character of Workers’ Mass Organisations