Hester Barron

in The 1926 Miners' Lockout

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575046
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722196 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This concluding chapter reassesses the concept of community and suggests that the relationship between ‘class' and ‘community’ is more subtle than many commentators have assumed. The sheer number of men employed in or around the Durham coalfield meant that their concerns dominated the political and social life of the region. In such an environment, rather than conflicting identities damaging any sense of communal solidarity, they instead tended to complement a dominant occupational culture. Rather than the ideal type of mining community being one in which a homogeneous occupational identity existed to the exclusion of all others, therefore, the essence of community lay in its ability to subsume and integrate other categories of identity. The chapter also briefly compares Durham with other mining countries and regions, particularly with South Wales.

Keywords: community; class; 1926; Durham; mining communities; South Wales

Chapter.  8095 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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