Fighting words: Labor and the Limits of Communication at Staley, 1993 to 1996

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Abstract

This article performs a narrative analysis of a news letter published over a period of 2 years by locked-out workers during an industrial conflict. The analysis of a unique archive of worker documents points to the significance of battle metaphors and their shifting deployment over time. Early in the lockout, Staley work- ers rhetorically constructed themselves as warriors fighting a heroic battle. However later in the struggle as defeat approached, the role descriptions in the newsletter emphasized the workers' victim, refugee, and martyr status. The analysis of workers 'narratives is situated in this study in the context of narrative studies, critical organizational communication studies, and social movement studies. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • dialectical materialism
  • labor movement
  • narrative
  • organizational communication
  • social movement
  • strike

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  • Dana L. Cloud

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