What is it about?

the paper traces how workers built novel alliances both inside and outside the firm, with civil society and state players, so as to enhance workers' protection against financial and managerial pressures

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Why is it important?

this work is important because financialization is ultimately a dead-end both for firms and for workers. How people can act from within the firm, and in the broader spaces of civil society and the state, to counter this trend and its deleterious consequences is of crucial relevance in contemporary capitalism.


We are publishing this paper at a historical moment, 10 years after the facts, when a unique trial has just started in France. For the first time, the top managers of a firm, and the firm itself as a legal person, are being judged for their role and responsibilities in the suffering at work, and the series of employees suicides, entailed by their harsh restructuring practices. Our work documents the resistance strategies that made this trial possible today. We conceptualize these strategies via the notion of hybrid spaces, and hope our model will inspire many other successul initiatives to fight and resist the deshumanizing management practices entailed by financialization.

Prof Florence Palpacuer
Universite de Montpellier

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This page is a summary of: Resisting Via Hybrid Spaces: The Cascade Effect of a Workplace Struggle Against Neoliberal Hegemony, Journal of Management Inquiry, May 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1056492619846408.
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