The politics of the doorstep: Female survival strategies and the legacy of the miners' strike 1984-85

Spence, Jean and Stephenson, Carol (2007) The politics of the doorstep: Female survival strategies and the legacy of the miners' strike 1984-85. Community, Work & Family, 10 (3). pp. 309-327. ISSN 1366-8803

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668800701456252

Abstract

This paper considers the legacy of continuing activism of women in the North East of England who organized in support of the 1984-85 miners' strike. It refers to the traditional responsibility of women in mining localities for the maintenance of neighbourhood and kin relations and using the example of a key activist in one ex-mining village, it argues that the values associated with 'mining community' remain relevant as a reference point for a self-conscious, politicized reshaping of local relationships in post-industrial conditions. The material basis for this self-conscious approach has shifted from the masculine sphere of mining work and its associated community institutions to the feminized sphere of location and neighbourhood.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community; Kinship; Miners' strike; Neighbourhood; Women
Subjects: L200 Politics
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 13:36
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20160

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