Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Business Unionism and Social Unionism in Theory and Practice

Document type Book chapter
Series Editor Savage, Larry
Editor Savage, Larry
Series Editor Ross, Stephanie
Editor Ross, Stephanie
Author Ross, Stephanie
Book Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
Publisher Fernwood; Halifax, N.S.
Date 2012
ISBN 9781552664, 1552664783
Pages 33-46


Explores the conceptual categories of business unionism and social unionism commonly used to classify different approaches to workers' interests, identities and strategies. [The author] points to their much more complex concrete expressions, and argues for a more careful assessment of different forms of workers' political activity, particularly since so many strategic recommendations for the movement's revival emphasize the centrality of social unionism to renewal. --Editor's introduction