A History of Work in Britain, 1880-1950

A History of Work in Britain, 1880-1950

by Arthur J. McIvor
     
 
This book discusses the extent to which work was transformed in Britain between 1880-1950. Chapters explore: the historiography and theorizing of work; the changing labor force; the debates on deskilling, and work intensification; employers and the management of labor, work conditions, and occupational health, the role of the state in the workplace; women, gender

Overview

This book discusses the extent to which work was transformed in Britain between 1880-1950. Chapters explore: the historiography and theorizing of work; the changing labor force; the debates on deskilling, and work intensification; employers and the management of labor, work conditions, and occupational health, the role of the state in the workplace; women, gender relations, and inequalities at work; trade unions, work and politics. The book emphasizes the diversity of work experience, the uneven pace of change and the weaknesses in Marxist theories of the changing nature of work. Workers emerge as both victims and active players, capable of regulating work conditions, relationships, and the labor process, with the trade unions increasingly playing a vital, protective role.

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The Victorian era and subsequent decades saw enormous changes in the workplace as industry became increasingly specialized and production intensified. McIvor (history, U. of Strathclyde, UK) explores the social cost of these changes as he describes people's experience of work, developments in management and its theory, the effect of work conditions on health, the role of the state, women and gender relations, and trade unions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333596166
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Social History in Perspective Series
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur J. McIvor is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Stratheclyde.

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