In An Irish Working Class, Marilyn Silverman explores the dynamics of capitalism, colonialism, and state formation through an examination of the political economy and culture of those who contributed their labour. Stemming from the author's academic research on Ireland for over two decades, the book combines archival data, interviews, and participant observation to create a unique and intricate study of labourers' lives in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, between 1800 and 1950. Political anthropology, Gramscian approaches to hegemony, and the work of social historians on class experience all inform Silverman's perspective in this volume.
Silverman explores the complex and changing consciousness, politics, and social relations of a cross-section of workers. These workers were employed in the mills, tanneries, artisanal shops, and retail outlets, and on the landed estates, farms, and public works projects which typified this highly differentiated locality. In constructing the social history of workers in a particular place over time, An Irish Working Class makes an important contribution to Irish Studies, European historical ethnography, and the anthropology of working-class life.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||Anthropological Horizons Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.45(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
|List of Maps, Tables, and Figures||ix|
|Part I||Encountering Labour in Field, Archives, and Theory|
|1||Political Economy, Class, and Locality||3|
|2||Relations of Class and Thomastown's 'Lower Orders' in 1800||19|
|Part II||Labouring Experience in the Nineteenth Century||39|
|3||Realizing the Working Class: Political Economy and Culture||43|
|4||Political Domains and Working Combinations after 1815||80|
|5||The Political Domain: Labour as Device, Resource, and Project||100|
|6||Custom and Respectability: The Petty Sessions||119|
|7||Privatizing the River; Politicizing Labouring Fishers||142|
|Part III||At the Turn of the Twentieth Century, 1885-1901||167|
|8||Political Sentiment and the Inland Fisheries||173|
|9||Social Organization and the Politics of Labour||193|
|Part IV||Metissage and Hegemony, 1901-50||217|
|10||The Organizational Impetus: Class and Nationalism before the War, 1906-14||223|
|11||From Class to Nation: National Chronology and Local Experience, 1914-23||243|
|12||From Nation to Class in the New State: Replicating Capital and Labour, 1920-6||262|
|13||Labouring Viewpoints and Lives: The Metissage of Experience and Identities, 1914-30||281|
|14||The Uneven Economy and the Moral Economy, 1926-50||301|
|15||The Quality of Charity, Values, and Entitlements, 1908-50||321|
|16||Redundancy and Status-Class: Purveying Values through Recreation and Education, 1929-50||339|
|17||'And the Church Preached Its View'||359|
|18||'We Had a Live Union Then'||380|
|19||'Much Wants More': Framing the Politics of Labour||401|
|20||Inside the Frame: The Politics of Mediation||421|
|21||Organizing Labour in the 1940s: The Politics of Combination||442|
|22||Reproducing the Political Regime and Regimen, 1940-50||461|
|Part V||Conclusions: Political Economy and Culture, 1800-1950||481|
|23||Theory, Concept, and Text: A Holistic Approach to the Politics of Class||482|
What People are Saying About This
A Labouring Experience makes a significant contribution...on several levels: theoretical, methodological and empirical.
Locals in the region will no doubt find the book fascinating, but so will any reader interested in comparative and theoretical problems and questions in 19th century European history.
...the integrity of her fieldwork is beyond question.
The structure and clarity of the book make it available to students at all levels