Bossnapping: situating repertoires of industrial action in national and global contexts

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French industrial relations were shaken in the spring of 2009 by a series of labour struggles which featured the forcible detention of company managers and threats to commit major acts of sabotage. In this article I focus on the first of these two types of action, placing industrial sequestration in the context of the pattern of collective negotiation processes in France, and comparing it with previous cycles of the same phenomenon, particularly in the post-1968 period. I argue that the current cycle of sequestrations needs to be understood as a response to the deterritorialisation processes of neo-liberal globalisation, and is the product of asymmetries of power between the fixity of labour and the fluidity of global capital. I conclude by arguing that sequestration is a public melodrama of protest which might point to the development of a resistant politics of corporeality in France, in common with struggles in other social and economic sectors.

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    Rights statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Hayes, G. (2012). Bossnapping: situating repertoires of industrial action in national and global contexts. Modern and contemporary France, 20(2), 185-201. Modern and contemporary France 2012 © 2012 Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France. Published by Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09639489.2012.665577

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-201
Number of pages17
JournalModern and Contemporary France
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date10 Apr 2012
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StatePublished - 1 May 2012

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Hayes, G. (2012). Bossnapping: situating repertoires of industrial action in national and global contexts. Modern and contemporary France, 20(2), 185-201. Modern and contemporary France 2012 © 2012 Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France. Published by Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09639489.2012.665577

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