McStrike! Framing, (political) opportunity and the development of a collective identity: McDonald’s and the UK Fast-Food Rights Campaign

Tony Royle, Yvonne Rueckert

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The article examines the development of the UK ‘Fast-Food Rights Campaign’ and the formation of a collective identity amongst McDonald’s UK workers. We illustrate how, despite an acquiescent and fragmented workforce, workers diagnostically frame (recognize, articulate and attribute) perceived injustices relating to their pay and working conditions. However, our main focus is on prognostic framing which brings people ‘together’ to find a ‘consensus’ for a solution to perceived injustices. Prognostic framing also requires the ability to process and interpret information in a holistic way and to reach out for support to external stakeholders such as trade unions. We apply Bourdieu’s theory of capital and the concept of political opportunity to help us ‘unpick’ prognostic framing. In this context, we examine the cultural and social capital of worker leaders, in particular their personal characteristics and, their perceptions about the level of support in the external environment
Original languageEnglish
Article number0950017020959264
Number of pages20
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Early online date23 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Dec 2020

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  • Diagnostic and Prognostic Framing, Social and Cultural Capital, Political Opportunity, Identity, McDonald’s, Strikes

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