From Professional “Excellence” to the “Performance” of Militant Action: Modes of Training and Expertise in the CFE-CGC

By Corinne Delmas

In 1959, the Confédération générale des cadres (CGC) created a syndical training center. Valorizing “quality” and expertise, this mode of training had a double dimension which accounted for both the practical and the professional. Priority was not given to the cultivation of militancy. The conflict between syndical and vocational training was constant in this union organization, which struggled over time to produce several different models of the cadre: as a “responsible” and “humanistic” executive, as an “expert” business executive, and as a manager.


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