Communist Women in Scotland

Communist Women in Scotland

by Neil C. Rafeek


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Communist Women in Scotland by Neil C. Rafeek

Scotland, and especially the industrial conurbation surrounding Glasgow, played a pivotal role in radical politics in the twentieth century. The protesters challenged the capitalist social order and, on occasion, the state itself, thus earning the tag "Red Clydeside." However, the role of women in this movement has been marginalised. In this original and meticulously researched study, Neil Rafeek addresses this gap in the literature, critically examining the experience of women in the Communist Party in Scotland, from the formation of the Party in 1920 to the end of a century of tumultuous upheaval and social and political change.

Rakeek engages critically with many of the key issues of debate, traversing gender relations within the Party, the importance of the Socialist Sunday School and other formative influences on political consciousness as well as the involvement of communist women in the world wars, the developing struggle for women's rights, the 1960s, the revolutions and anti-Vietnam war/nuclear weapons campaigns. This book privileges the memories and voices of participants, and relies upon new oral interview evidence, accumulated by the author, from those women who lived through and were directly involved in these events. Rafeek describes women's experiences of meeting leading international personalities of the era: Khrushchev, Gagarin, Tereshkova, Castro and Ceauescus. Using rich and evocative personal testimony blended with sensitive analysis, Rafeek shows the idealistic socialist motivation behind the establishment of "Red Clydeside" and the subsequent growing strains and discord in Communism and the labor movement generally, internationally and in Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780760414
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 03/30/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Neil Rafeek was one of Scotland's foremost oral historians. He was a Research Fellow at the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, until his death in 2006.

Table of Contents

Becoming Militant: Socialist Politicisation from Childhood
The Experience of Women in the Party Structure
Sacrifice and Advance: The Scottish Women's Advisory Committee and Women's Sections 1947-69
Solidarity with the Socialist World 1917-64: The Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc
Proud, Radical and Optimistic in a Changing World: The Sixties Generation 1960-76
Open Discord, Internal Division and Permenant Decline: 1977-1991
Integral to the Cause: A Women's Place in the Communist Party in Scotland

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