Class and Other Identities

Class and Other Identities : Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Writing of European Labour History

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With the onset of a more conservative political climate in the 1980s, social and especially labour history saw a decline in the popularity that it had previously enjoyed. This led to much debate on its future and function within the historical discipline as a whole. The most constructive proposals have suggested that labour history in the past concentrated too much on class and that other identities of working people should be taken into account such as gender, religion, and ethnicity. In this volume some of the leading European historians of labour and the working classes address these questions. Two non-European scholars comment on their findings. The volume is rounded off by a most useful bibliography of recent studies in European labour history, class, gender, religion, and ethnicity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 230 x 12.7mm | 376g
  • Herndon, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated ed
  • 1571813012
  • 9781571813015
  • 869,519

Table of contents

Jurgen Kocka, 'New Trends in Labour Movement Historiography: A German Perspective' - Mike Savage, 'Class and Labour History' - Eileen Yeo, 'Gender in Labour and Working-Class History' - John Belchem, 'Ethnicity and Labour History: With Special Reference to Irish Migration' - Patrick Pasture, 'The Role of Religion in Social and Labour History' - Alice Kessler-Harris, 'Two Labour Histories or One?', Janaki Nair, 'The Futures of Labour History'
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"For starters, the annotated bibliography is invaluable...A second excellent morsel is the 'Brief Guide to Relevant Websites' which highlights online tools for labour history researchers ... Finally, the back of the book gives an inventory of the 'Main West European History Periodicals 1911-2000', which is also a delight to read...All this is to say that what happens at the end of the book is just as interesting as what happens at the beginning of the book." - Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations

"This fine collection of essays by some of the leading labor historians of Western Europe offers various assessments of the current state of the field of labor history and cogent discussions of the new challenges faced by labor historians in light of contemporary political and academic trends ... an excellent introduction ... Accompanying the essays are several very useful reference materials ... a valuable resource for all labor historians." - Choice

"This book will be a valuable asset to scholars and, in particular, to students preparing for preliminary examinations and dissertation research. The essays offer thoughtful evaluations of past and present research in European labor history and suggest important new areas of investigation. The bibliographic tolls alone ensure the book a wide audience inside and outside the field." - Journal of Social History
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About Prof Dr. Lex Heerma van Voss

Lex Heerma van Voss and Marcel van der Linden are Fellows of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. Marcel van der Linden is also Professor of the History of Social Movements at Amsterdam University and the editor of the International Review of Social History.
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