Closing time: deindustrialization and nostalgia in contemporary France

Clarke, J. (2015) Closing time: deindustrialization and nostalgia in contemporary France. History Workshop Journal, 79(1), pp. 107-125. (doi: 10.1093/hwj/dbu041)

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Abstract

This article explores the cultural politics of nostalgia for industry in the context of deindustrialization. It analyses interviews with female factory workers who lost their jobs when the French domestic appliance company, Moulinex, went bust in 2001, and it situates these in the context of the meanings ascribed to these factory closures (and deindustrialization more generally) by professionals, politicians and the media. The article suggests that the nostalgia of ex-Moulinex workers can be read as a critique of managerial change and a response to dominant representations which served to naturalize the neo-liberal economy and disqualify the voices of industrial workers by consigning them to the past.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clarke, Dr Jackie
Authors: Clarke, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Journal Name:History Workshop Journal
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1363-3554
ISSN (Online):1477-4569
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in History Workshop Journal 79(1):107-125
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
632671Afterlives of the Factory: Remembering Moulinex in Contemporary FranceJackie ClarkeBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG120125MLC - FRENCH