State of abandon: the role of governance in the recurrent and cyclical nature of class conflict in the lives of mining communities in Australia

Cotter, Graeme, Chaiechi, Taha, and Tavares, Silvia (2019) State of abandon: the role of governance in the recurrent and cyclical nature of class conflict in the lives of mining communities in Australia. In: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. 95. pp. 1190-1202. From: 33rd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: wicked solutions to wicked problems, 3-6 December 2019, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Taking the mining industry and associated communities as proxy for industry development as a whole in Australia from the colonial period to the present day, this study examines the socio-cultural and economic reasons behind the observed recurrent nature of class conflict in the industry over this time. Industrial capitalism, birthed in the land enclosures and Industrial Revolution of Great Britain is inherently unstable, being prone to cycles of 'booms and busts'. Since the early advent of unions in Australia, these cycles have seen power ascendency alternately pass between capitalist elites and workers. With society composed of unpredictable and emotional individuals in continually evolving social structures, this work-in-progress-study attempts an explanation for this recurrent and cyclical nature of class conflict.

Item ID: 63243
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-6481109-5-8
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Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 00:32
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1401 Economic Theory > 140102 Macroeconomic Theory @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 40%
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