Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life

Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life

by David Convery (Editor)


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The study of an independent Irish working class is often neglected in favor of the usual focus on nationalism in politics, culture, and wider society. As highlighted throughout this pioneering book, this neglect has stretched at times to an actual denial of the existence of an Irish working class. The idea that class - rather than ethnicity, religion, or the idea of national identity - could have a role to play in politics and cultural production is an alien one to the mainstream Irish historical debate. The working class has been locked out of Irish history. This ground-breaking book - written to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and to advance Irish labor history in new and innovative ways - offers fresh perspectives from a new generation of Irish historians. Looking at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the industrial school system; the Dublin Lockout of 1913; discussions of class, status, and gender among Cork textile workers; and the infamous brutality of 1930's tenement Dublin's 'Animal Gangs' (to name but a few); this book truly digs deep to reveal the richness and diversity of the lives and culture of working-class people over the past century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780716532019
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 3.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates vii

List of Contributors ix

Introduction David Convery 1

1 'Your only God is profit': Irish Class Relations and the 1913 Lockout Conor McCabe 9

2 Uniting the Working Class: History, Memory and 1913 David Convery 23

3 Andrew Patrick Wilson and the Irish Worker, 1912-13 James Curry 39

4 'Real Irish Patriots would Scorn to Recognise the Likes of You': Larkin and Irish-America Alan J.M. Noonan 57

5 Workers Show Their Strength: The 1918 Conscription Crisis Fiona Devoy McAuliffe 75

6 Newsboys and the 'Animal Gang' in 1930s Dublin Donal Fallon 93

7 'The Problem is One Not of Criminal Tendencies, But of Poverty': The NSPCC, John Byrne and the Industrial School System in Ireland Sarah-Anne Buckley 109

8 Pro-Hider or Anti-Management?: War on the Industrial Front, Belfast, October 1942 Christopher J.V. Loughlin 125

9 'The Brightest Couple of Hours': The Factory, Inter-House, Inter-Firm and Pubs Leagues of Ireland, 1922-73 David Toms 141

10 'I Never Would Return Again to Plough the Rocks of Bawn': Irishmen in Post-War Britain Sara Goek 157

11 'As If You Were Something Under Their Shoe': Class, Gender and Status among Cork Textile Workers, 1930-70 Liam Cullinane 173

12 From Yeatsian Nightmares to Tallafornian Dreams: Reflections on Classism and Culture in 'Classless' Ireland Michael Pierse 193

Notes 211

Index 249

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