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Contemporary Dynamics of Paternalism

Actualité du paternalisme

Actualidad del paternalismo

Sociology of work – Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology RC30

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Published on Thursday, August 01, 2013


Dans les pays européens, les modes de gestion paternalistes de la main-d’œuvre ont trouvé leur plein développement dans le double contexte de l’industrialisation et de l’émergence du salariat. Ils assuraient alors tout à la fois la mise au travail de populations peu habituées à l’ordre industriel, le contrôle de classes potentiellement dangereuses et la fourniture de protections discrétionnaires et personnalisées apportant par là, pour partie, une réponse à la « question sociale ». 



In European countries, paternalistic forms of labor management were developed during the industrialization period, when labor relation rose. They allowed setting to work population unused to industrial patterns and to control potentially dangerous social classes; the supply of discretionary and personalized protections brought a partial answer to these social issues. Progressively, the production of labor legislation, the rise of mutual State-guaranteed social protections as well as social debates and claiming related to paternalism led to an important decrease in its implementation. However, paternalism kept on being carried out in particular sectors and firms. This form of labor relation can also be observed in other regions of the world, bearing other patterns related to the way it takes root in national and/or local societies.

The aim of this session is to question the contemporary forms of paternalism at a worldwide scale:

  • Regarding the remaining forms of paternalism in industrialized countries, how did they adapt and transform in a more general trend of capitalism and labor relation evolution?
  • In recently industrialized countries, do new forms of paternalistic management emerge? Do they resemble the ones observed during the first steps of industrialization in Europe? Do they effectively provide social protections in a lack of labor legislation and of residual Welfare state?
  • Do the rise of new management practices such as Corporate Social Responsibility and, more generally speaking, do the growing influence of “soft law” within labor relations reveal the reactivation of paternalism under renewed patterns?
  • Are there societal differences regarding paternalistic labor relations? Do paternalistic practices and ideologies refer to broader social and political regulation means on a peculiar national or regional point of view?

This session can be linked to the “Decent work and sustainability” session of RC30, understanding paternalism as a way to provide social protections in a context where they are lacking, including particular compensations in return. More generally, it could lead to the establishment of comparative approaches on paternalism.


  • Yokohama, Japan


  • Monday, September 30, 2013

Attached files


  • paternalisme, rapport salarial, question sociale, mondialisation, protection sociale, comparaison internationale


  • Annie Lamanthe
    courriel : annie [dot] lamanthe [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Information source

  • Annie Lamanthe
    courriel : annie [dot] lamanthe [at] univ-amu [dot] fr


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« Contemporary Dynamics of Paternalism », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, August 01, 2013, https://doi.org/10.58079/o3a

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