Collieries and communities: the miners’ strike in Scotland, 1984-1985

Phillips, J. (2010) Collieries and communities: the miners’ strike in Scotland, 1984-1985. Scottish Labour History, 45, -172.

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This article examines the remarkable year-long miners’ strike in Scotland in 1984-5. The emphasis is on the role of community and colliery factors in shaping pit-level strike commitment. The key question is this: why was strike commitment, or endurance, stronger at some collieries than others? The question is pursued through analysis of pre-strike pit-level economic performance and industrial relations across the Scottish coalfields, and examination of the community-level material resources, including the economic and cultural role of women, that helped structure the capacity to sustain the strike.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Phillips, Professor Jim
Authors: Phillips, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Scottish Labour History
First Published:First published in Twentieth Century British History 20(2):152-172
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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