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History after HobsbawmWriting the Past for the Twenty-First Century$
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John H. Arnold, Matthew Hilton, and Jan Rüger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198768784.001.0001

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Rethinking Gender and Labour History

Rethinking Gender and Labour History

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(p.242) 13 Rethinking Gender and Labour History
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History after Hobsbawm
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Sonya O. Rose

Sean Brady

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198768784.003.0013

This chapter questions the ambiguities of ‘working classes’ and ‘work’, both historically and contemporaneously. Labour history, once a thriving scholarly field in the United Kingdom, tended to concentrate upon industrialized work and the trade union movement. But this approach leaves out huge swathes of non-unionized workers and fails to address the demise of industrial labour, its relocation to ‘developing areas’, and the condition of workers in the service sector. The chapter argues for a global turn in labour history by thinking about embodied labour in a global context, being ‘comparative’ at least to the extent of recognizing the specificities of any conjunction between work, identity, and social life in a locality. It attends to changes over the longue durée and areas of persistence in gender identities; and power relations and their link to work and to socioeconomic inequalities.

Keywords:   gender, global, work, working class, trade union, industrial labour, labour history, identity

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