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Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85$
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Jim Phillips

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086328

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086328.001.0001

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Collieries, communities and coalfield politics

Collieries, communities and coalfield politics

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Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85

Jim Phillips

Manchester University Press

This establishes the central and related structural factors that shaped the character of the 1984-5 strike in Scotland: pit closures in the 1950s and 1960s; social changes in mining communities; shifts in trade union politics, with the re-emergence of militancy in the 1960s, and embodied in the leadership of Michael McGahey, Scottish Area President of the National Union of Mineworkers from 1967 onwards; and the character and meaning of the moral economy of the Scottish coalfields. The complex, highly contingent and fluid nature of coalfield communities is emphasised, and related to the process of industrial restructuring. The Thatcherite political economy of coal, and its transgression of the moral economy, is analysed.

Keywords:   Communities, Coal closures, Moral Economy, Trade Unionism, Devolution

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