Taboo and Punishment in Labour Disputes in Britain

Taboo and Punishment in Labour Disputes in Britain : 1760 to 1871

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The taboos and punishment practices of organized labour in the 18th Century and 19th Century are the main focus of study for this book. The punishment practices in question refer to the sanctions directed at those deemed to have engaged in acts contrary to the interests of the trade and customary codes of behaviour in the context of strikes or turn-outs and other instances of friction in the workplace during a period when Britain was undergoing rapid and unsettling industrial change. The study departs from earlier interpretations by contending that the punishment practices of the labouring classes during this particular phase of working class organisation and activism were not the impulsive, immature and irrational acts of desperate men unable to progress to the next, more rational stage of trade union consciousness. Rather, this book sees these punishment practices as exhibiting a high degree of organisation and maturity rooted as they were in a framework of ritual concerning community. This book therefore treats these punishment practices as complex rituals through which wider issues and concerns within the community were expressed and resolved. The book will appeal to those with an interest in trade unions, labour history, working class history and the radical political tradition. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138926523
  • 9781138926523

About Thomas Linehan

Dr Thomas Linehan is Lecturer in History, Brunel University. He is the co-editor (with John Roberts) of the Routledge Studies in Radical History & Politics book series. His previous publications include Modernism and British Socialism. Palgrave MacMillan, (2012), Communism in Britain, 1920-39: from the cradle to the grave. Manchester University Press (2007) British Fascism 1918-39. Parties, Ideology and Culture. Manchester University Press (2000) East London for Mosley: The British Union of Fascists in East London and South-West Essex 1933-40 Routledge (1996).show more

Table of contents

Introduction PART ONE: BEFORE THE 1799-1801 COMBINATION ACTS 1. The Medieval Craft Guilds 2. The Journeymen PART TWO: THE YEARS OF CONFLICT, 1799-1871 3. Liberal Political Economy and the New Circumstances 4. A ‘traitor’ to his trade 5. Degradation Punishment Rituals 6. Retributive Punishment Rituals 7. Carnivalesque Punishment Rituals 8. Magic Punishment Rituals PART THREE. THE GOVERNING CLASSES AND THE LEGISLATURE 9. ‘Restrained by the apprehensions of exemplary punishment’ 10. Laissez-faire and Punishmentshow more