Class reimagined? Intersectionality and industrial action - the British Airways dispute of 2009-11

Sian Moore, Phil Taylor

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalSociology
Early online date14 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • British Airways
  • cabin crew
  • class
  • gender
  • industrial conflict
  • intersectionality
  • strikes

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