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Democratic reason and practice: Repositioning community aspirations


Faifua, DE, Democratic reason and practice: Repositioning community aspirations, Journal of Organisational Change Management, 21, (4) pp. 511-518. ISSN 0953-4814 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/09534810810884894


Purpose – This paper seeks to complement the work on community unionism by arguing criticality is the core human capacity required to convey and share experiences of community. Design/methodology/approach – An over emphasis on historical materialism and a fetish with dialectics in critical theory more generally has had an impoverishing impact on understandings of the democratic reason and practice which offers the potential to reinstate communal values and democratic reason in individuals, organisations and society writ large. More recently, these limitations have led some writers to critically reflect on ways in which to reinstate communal values and democratic reason in individuals and in society writ large. Findings – Only by conceding to the communal value of criticality and in particular the value of critical consensus in organising and the employment relationship will it be possible to bring community and indeed unions back into play. Originality/value – A crucial point is the shift from conflictive employment relations to a consensus framework but without the loss of democracy. Moreover, this criticality is accessible to both the organisers of unions and to potential members.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Communities, Democracy, Trade unions, Work identity
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Faifua, DE (Dr Denise Faifua)
ID Code:53283
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2008-11-19
Last Modified:2010-05-28

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