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Collective identity, solidarity, and sisterhood in the ASAB cleaning women's strike and the Women's day off in Iceland
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8163-9372
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4908-1783
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2023 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 64, no 5, p. 478-495Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years feminist movements have increasingly employed the form and rhetoric of strikes in framing their protests. The rise of the women’s strike movement has been seen as an indicator of an invigorated wave of feminist activism that focuses, to a greater extent, on structural economic injustices. The aim of this article is to provide a historical aspect to the growing research on strikes as a multifaceted form of protest. The article analyses articulations of collective identity, solidarity, and sisterhood in two different kinds of ‘women’s strikes’ that took place in the Nordic region during the mid-1970s; the ASAB cleaners’ strikes in Sweden during 1974–1975 and the Icelandic Women’s Day Off that took place on October 24, 1975. The article explores how the relationship between gender and class was conceptualized by participants, organizers, and bystanders. We employ these cases to study how solidarity and sisterhood across differences among women might have appeared in practice while at the same time reflecting internal tensions and varying interests. Moreover, the article reflects on the specific form of the strikes and the potential impact their respective form might have had on the political articulations that came out of them.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2023. Vol. 64, no 5, p. 478-495
Keywords [en]
solidarity, sisterhood, collective identity, women’s strikes, labor history, feminist history, Marxist feminism
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50940DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2023.2223518ISI: 001011869400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85162617106OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-50940DiVA, id: diva2:1772967
Available from: 2023-06-22 Created: 2023-06-22 Last updated: 2023-11-22Bibliographically approved

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