Chapter

Communities and commitment

Jim Phillips

in Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780719086328
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719086328.003.0005
Communities and commitment

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This moves the analysis to community level, examining organisational features: the strike committees and centres, the fund-raising and the soup kitchens; and the contribution of women, as both activists and breadwinners. It explains varieties of pit-level commitment in terms of differential access to factors that reduced the economic cost of striking and increased the social cost of strike-breaking. Moral economy considerations are again emphasised, notably the manner in which communal attitudes to coal, collieries and jobs shaped strike commitment. The gendered nature of this commitment is analysed, with the hounding by women of strike-breakers as deviant and lesser forms of men. Pre-strike performance was also important in building strike endurance, representing a resource around which strikers could organise, to protect something valuable with perceived long-term potential.

Keywords: Strike commitment; Community; Gender politics; Women; Moral Economy

Chapter.  15773 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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