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Unemployment and the state in BritainThe means test and protest in 1930s south Wales and north-east England$
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Stephanie Ward

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086809

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086809.001.0001

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Unemployment and the state in Britain

Stephanie Ward

Manchester University Press

The conclusion explains the differences in the response to the means test in south Wales and the north-east of England and highlights the importance of place, topography and political culture. Conclusions are drawn about the significance of traditions of militancy, how the identity and the perception of the unemployed influenced leadership for collective action and how protest could be expressed through a variety of mediums and the impact of this. The central points about the lasting impact of the means test are placed within the context of the worldwide depression and the coming of the Second World War. Finally, the book ends with a discussion of the importance of history of the unemployed and how historians approach collective action from those groups on the margins of society.

Keywords:   Means test, Militancy, Topography, Political culture, Depression, Unemployed, Collective action, South Wales, North-east England

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