Sociology and Workers' Strikes in the 21. Century

Novaković, Nada G. (2019) Sociology and Workers' Strikes in the 21. Century. In: Sociology in XXI Century: Challenges and Perspectives. University, Faculty of Philosophy ; Serbian Sociological Association, Niš ; Belgrade, pp. 283-293. ISBN 978-86-7379-507-2 (FF) ISBN 978-86-81319-14-7 (SSD)

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This paper deals with the state of sociological thought in Serbia about social conflicts and the characteristics of workers strikes in the first decades of the 21st century. On the one hand, there are authors who believe this was due to the transformation into liberal capitalism. They rarely mention class conflicts and social inequalities, and strikes are beyond their analysis. On the other hand, sociologists emphasize that transition has led to the creation of a society on the semi-periphery of the capitalist economic system (Volerstin, 2005). They tend to perceive social conflicts and strikes from a wider perspective, above all because of the changes in the relationship between power and the character of the world and the domestic capitalist class. The underlying hypothesis reads: in Serbian society, the dominance of national and state issues over class issues contributes to the decline of the number of strikes. At the end of the transition, strikes became pseudo-strikes. The nature, the types and the dynamics of strikes are largely determined by the nature of the class society. At the center of the analysis are the characteristics of the social structure, the basic classes and the strikes of workers during the last two and a half decades. Based on this it is concluded that the working class has been systematically destroyed through privatization of social property, and its empirical class consciousness is confusing.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: capitalist class, class consciousness, privatization, strike of workers, sociology
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 09:14
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 09:14

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