‘Communities of resistance’ and the use of newspaper discussion boards Polish workers in Japanese foreign investments

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Abstract

This article examines the content of two hundred posts on newspaper discussion boards by workers in a cluster of Japanese foreign investments in Poland. The conclusions are first, that the material experiences of workers generate a set of themes in relation to the labour process with regard to wages and working conditions, bullying and monitoring that exhibit similarities across countries. Second, we argue that an analysis of the discourse used is shaped by political and institutional conditions, which reveal national differences in how workers perceive and locate their exploitation. Finally, in relation to debates about workers’ resistance and the use of the internet we argue that the interaction of themes related to the material experience of work are intertwined with institutionally embedded understandings of exploitation, which not only enable a shared framework for venting, but also provide the basis for a community of resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-173
Number of pages13
JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Internet
  • discussion boards
  • Polish workers
  • resistance
  • Poland
  • discourse
  • institutions and structures
  • foreign direct investment

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