Class and industrial relations in Britain: the 'long' mid-century and the case of port transport, c. 1920-70

Phillips, J. (2005) Class and industrial relations in Britain: the 'long' mid-century and the case of port transport, c. 1920-70. Twentieth-Century British History, 16(1), pp. 52-73. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwi009)

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Abstract

This article highlights important continuities in Britain's ‘longer’ mid-twentieth-century history, chiefly in industrial relations and social class divisions, which outweigh the discontinuities of the 1940s and 1950s that were emphasized in literature from the 1960s until perhaps the mid-1990s. The post-1950 ‘golden age’ advances by manual workers were located largely in pre-Second World War industrial relations, but class relations inherited from the 1920s and 1930s constrained the extent of manual working class advances after 1945. The focus here is chiefly on port transport, where developments substantially qualify Ross McKibbin's suggestion that the 1940s and 1950s witnessed a ‘redistribution of esteem’ in favour of manual workers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Phillips, Dr 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:Twentieth-Century British History
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0955-2359
ISSN (Online):1477-4674
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2005 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in Twentieth Century British History 16(1):52-73
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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