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Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action – the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011

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posted on 2024-02-13, 11:59 authored by Sian Moore, Phil Taylor
This article explores the inter-relationship of gender, sexuality, race and class among cabin crew, members of trade union BASSA, in the British Airways dispute of 2009–2011. It evaluates the utility of intersectional analysis in the context of industrial action, investigating the ways crew mobilised intersectional identities and class interests. In their narratives, crew evoked the 1984–1985 miners’ strike, but rejected a version of class and militancy based on a perceived historical legacy of class as white, heterosexual and male. Engaging with debates in Sociology on class, the article restores work as the key site of class formation and identifies BASSA as providing the organisational and ideological resources to legitimate an inclusive worker interest that transcended sectional identities and generated a reimagined and reconfigured class identity.

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Volume

55

Issue number

3

Page range

582-599

Publication title

Sociology

ISSN

0038-0385

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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  • Published version

Language

  • eng

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

Faculty of Business and Law

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