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Author James, Leighton S.

Title The politics of identity and civil society in Britain and Germany : miners in the Ruhr and south Wales 1890-1926 / Leighton S. James.

Published Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave, 2008.


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 UniM Store  331.881220942 JAME MJ17    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series Critical labour movement studies.
Critical labour movement studies series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [190]-212) and index.
Contents Map of the Ruhr industrial district -- Map of the south Wales coalfield -- 1. The growth of the coal industries, 1850-1914 -- 2. Trade union discourses, 1890-1914 -- 3. Political languages, 1890-1914 -- 4. The Great War and the post-war years, 1914-1926 -- 5. Miners' trade unionism and political identities, 1918-1926.
Summary "This study compares the making and remaking of the political identities of the miners' movements in Britain and Germany. Taking the south Wales and Ruhr coalfields as case studies, it focuses on the public discourse of the trade unions and political parties as it was disseminated in local newspapers, trade union publications, pamphlets and election leaflets. It reveals how the miners' movements used ideas such as class, religion, the 'people' or Volk, socialization and nationalization to construct organizational identities during the turbulent period between 1890 and 1926. The book contends that these identities were not simply the result of structural factors, but were formed at the juncture where cultural, political and sociological forces intersect. Examining this intersection through discourse analysis and the concept of the 'lifeworld', the book brings together the social world of the miners and the realm of organized politics to advance historical understanding of two of the most important elements in the most powerful labour movements in Europe."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Miners -- Labor unions -- Wales, South -- History -- Case studies.
Miners -- Labor unions -- Germany -- Ruhr (Region) -- History -- Case studies.
Labor movement -- Wales, South -- History -- Case studies.
Labor movement -- Germany -- Ruhr (Region) -- History -- Case studies.
ISBN 9780719074974 (hbk.)
0719074975 (hbk.)