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Assembling cultures : workplace activism, labour militancy and cultural change in Britain's car factories, 1945-82 / Jack Saunders.

Author/Creator:
Saunders, Jack author.
Publication:
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 298 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
Strikes and lockouts -- Automobile industry -- Great Britain -- History.
Automobile industry workers -- Labor unions -- Great Britain.
Industrial relations -- Great Britain.
Motor industry.
Right to strike.
Ethnology.
Automobile industry workers -- Labor unions.
Industrial relations.
Strikes and lockouts -- Automobile industry.
Great Britain.
Medical subjects:
Labor union members.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
Assembling cultures takes a fine-grained look at workplace activism in car manufacturing between 1945 and 1982, using it as a key case for unpicking narratives around affluence, declinism and class. It traces the development of the militant car worker stereotype, looking at the social relations which lay behind the industry's reputation for conflict. This book reveals a changing, complex world of social practices, cultural norms, shared values and expectations. From the 1950s, car workers developed shop-floor organisations of considerable authority, enabling some new demands of their working lives, but constraining other more radical political aims. This is a story of workers and their place in the power relations of post-war Britain. 0This book is invaluable to academics and students studying the history, sociology and politics of modern Britain, particularly those with an interest in power, rationality, class, labour, gender and race. -- .
Contents:
Introduction
Car workers, trade union and public discourse
Organising in car factories 1945-64
Decentralised direct democracy, 1964-68
Re-making workplace trade unionism, 1968-75
Towards 'strike free', 1975-82
Conclusion
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
ebook version :
ISBN:
1526133393
9781526133397
9781526133410 (ePub ebook)
9781526133403 (PDF ebook)
OCLC:
1077483666