Workers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work

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Ozarow, D. and Croucher, R. 2014. Workers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work. Sociology. 48 (5), pp. 989-1006. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038514539064
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TitleWorkers' self-management, recovered companies and the sociology of work
AuthorsOzarow, D. and Croucher, R.
Abstract

We analyse how far Argentina’s worker-recovered companies (WRCs) have sustained themselves and their principles of equity and workers’ self-management since becoming widespread following the country’s 2001–2 economic crisis. Specialist Spanish-language sources, survey data and documents are analysed through four key sociological themes. We find that the number of WRCs has increased in Argentina, and that they represent a viable production model. Further, they have generally maintained their central principles and even flourished. This occurred despite the global economic crisis, legal and financial pressures to adopt capitalist practices and management structures, the risk of market absorption and state attempts to coopt, demobilise and epoliticise the movement. We argue that today they function as a much-needed international beacon of an alternative vision for
labour and that integration of their experience has potential to revitalise the field.

KeywordsArgentina; cooperatives; labour; Marxism; social movements; worker-recovered companies; workers' self-management
Research GroupEmployment Relations group
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalSociology
ISSN0038-0385
Electronic1469-8684
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Print01 Oct 2014
Online14 Oct 2014
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Deposited21 Nov 2014
Accepted01 Mar 2014
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