By Peter Ackers, Alastair J. Reid (eds.)

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This e-book poses a tremendous revisionist problem to twentieth century British labour background, aiming to seem past the Marxist and Fabian exclusion of operating category event, significantly faith and self-help, so one can exaggerate ‘labour circulation’ type unity. rather than a ‘forward march’ to secular state-socialism, the study offered here's dedicated to a wealthy variety of social activities and ideas. during this choice of essays, the editors identify the liberal-pluralist culture, with the subsequent chapters protecting 3 detailed sections. half One, ‘Other kinds of organization’ covers matters corresponding to exchange unions, the Co-operative occasion, women’s neighborhood activism and Protestant Nonconformity. half , ‘Other Leaders’, covers enterprise Edward Cadbury; Trades Union Congress chief Walter Citrine; and the electricians’ chief, Frank Chapple. half 3, ‘Other Intellectuals’, considers G.D.H. Cole, Michael younger and left libertarianism through Stuart White. Readers drawn to the British Labour circulate will locate this a useful resource.

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Inevitably, opinions varied as to how far this was necessary. 28 This rested on the view that the behaviour of people at work to one 40 R. WHITING another would usually allow for the resolution of any particular difficulties. Those less enamoured of trade unions inevitably thought differently. Commenting on the ‘kangaroo’ court at Cowley which has been referred to above, the Conservative MP Nicholas Ridley argued that ‘There is probably a lot more bullying and victimisation than ever reaches the newspapers.

123–51. B. Jackson, ‘Corporatism and its discontents: pluralism, anti-­ pluralism and Anglo-American industrial relations, c.  108, 115. 28. J. Kelly, Ethical Socialism and the Trade Unions.  47–8. P.  81–4, 89. 30.  Ackers, ‘An industrial relations perspective on employee participation’, in A. Wilkinson et al.  52–75. 31.  88–123, 168–98. 32.  207–8. 33. See also Lyddon, ‘Walter Milne-Bailey’. 34.  54–6. 35.  Ackers, ‘Game changer: Hugh Clegg’s role in drafting the 1968 Donovan Report and redefining the British industrial relations policy-problem’, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 35 (2014), pp.

So our aim is threefold. First, to challenge what has since emerged as the prevalent state-socialist reading of core labour institutions, notably the trade unions and the cooperative movement and to suggest credible alternative historical readings. Second, to extend the range of institutions and ideas involved in mainstream working-class efforts at self-organization, by drawing in women’s community campaigns, the churches and progressive employers. Finally, to explore historical questions of change and continuity across the various strands of working-­class lives.

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