“Side by side with our men?”: women's activism, community, and gender in the 1984–1985 British miners’ strike

Spence, Jean and Stephenson, Carol (2009) “Side by side with our men?”: women's activism, community, and gender in the 1984–1985 British miners’ strike. International Labor and Working-Class History, 75 (1). pp. 68-84. ISSN 0147-5479

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Abstract

This paper explores the gendered concept of community with reference to the activism of women during the UK 1984–1985 miners’ strike. Drawing on texts from the period and reflective discussions twenty years later with women associated with the strike, it interrogates the ways in which the idea of community was used to accommodate the activism of women. We argue that the apparently gender-neutral ideal of mining community carried meanings that had ambiguous political implications for the women and that the strike highlighted paradoxes that question established understanding of female strike activism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, feminism
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 21:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3684

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