(Still) up to no good: reconfiguring worker resistance and misbehaviour in an increasingly unorganized world
van den Broek, Diane
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van den Broek, Diane; Dundon, Tony (2012). (Still) up to no good: reconfiguring worker resistance and misbehaviour in an increasingly unorganized world. Relations industrielles 67 (1), 97-121
The way industrial conflict and worker resistance have been analyzed has undergone significant transformation over the past few decades. While researchers have observed the quantitative decline of traditional forms of employee resistance, others have highlighted the diversity and range of more informal employee behaviours. Following Peetz (2002), we show six distinct forms of worker resistance in response to three overlapping de-collectivizing employer strategies. We locate the trajectory and significance of these employer strategies and subsequent forms of worker resistance in a neglected consideration of institutional and industrial context. The implications for the way worker resistance and misbehaviour is analyzed and theorized in an increasingly non-union world are discussed. The paper indicates the need to consider the importance of institutional factors in reassessing potential delineations between what are considered formal (and often collective) indicators of conflict, and those more informal instances of workplace misbehaviour.