Reference : The construction of workers’ rights consciousness through legal intermediations: the ...
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/171833
The construction of workers’ rights consciousness through legal intermediations: the case of employment discrimination in Belgium
English
Lejeune, Aude mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales >]
Orianne, Jean-François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales > Sociologie de l'action publique et des problèmes du travail >]
Dec-2014
International Journal of Discrimination and the Law
SAGE
14
4
221-243
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1358-2291
2047-9468
[en] consciousness ; discrimination ; intermediation ; lawyering ; litigation ; workplace
[en] Through their different encounters with union, court, and government equality agency lawyers, workers report diverse understandings of their personal experience of injustice in the workplace. This paper examines workers’ experiences of discrimination and the role legal professionals play in litigating these issues in Belgium. Bringing together legal and rights consciousness studies and the sociology of intermediation and tracking different stages in the construction of discrimination cases, from the moment when a future litigant describes an event as an injustice to the moment when the judge recognises a discriminatory behaviour (or conversely, dismisses a case), we suggest several possible empirical explanations of the way in which interactions with legal intermediaries affect workers’ rights consciousness. Because we refer to socio-legal studies from common law countries, this paper also calls into question how best to import these studies to assist in analysing legal mobilisations and legal consciousness in continental Europe.
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/171833
10.1177/1358229114548141

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