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Conflicting identities and fractured solidarities: whiteness and class in three male dominated trade unions in Sweden


As one of the largest organizational complexes in Sweden, trade unions both reflect and influence societal development, affecting policies, regulating labor markets and influencing wage-earner identities and solidarities. The last decades have seen substantial changes in the trade union landscape, with the increasing strength of white-collar trade unions vis-à-vis blue-collar unions, changes in the character of the labor market, while the strength of Sweden’s social democracy has been decreasing.
The aim of this study is to explore white masculinities in the forging of the trade union worldviews, policies and strategies relating to three spheres– socio-political, industrial relations and internal organization. The focus is on three trade unions dominated by men with a Swedish background variously affected by globalization: engineers, managers and construction workers.
The project is inspired by three central theoretical concepts: neoliberal globalization, white masculinity and trade union solidarity. Methodologically, it encompasses ethnography: interviews, focus groups, observations and document analysis.


Class, Gender, Racialisation/Racism/"race", Whiteness, Trade unions

2019 - 2022


Forte Forskningsrådet arbetsliv, hälsa, välfärd

REMESO Project Leader

Anders Neergaard, Professor

Participants not from REMESO

  • Senior lecturer Paula Mulinari, Malmö university

Contact for project


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