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Assembling Cultures: Workplace Activism, Labour Militancy and Cultural Change in Britain's Car Factories, 1945-82

Jack Saunders


Car workers’ union activism has long held a strong grip on popular memories of the post-war period. Working in the quintessential industry of modernity their labour militancy has been linked to narratives of economic decline and of rising working-class living standards. Yet despite their centrality to understanding of this period, car workers’ capacity for collective action has often been taken for granted, with mobilisation attributed to uncomplicated economic motivations or the last gasps of a declining “traditional class consciousness”, and the effects of the post-war settlement. This boo ... More

Keywords: Class, Labour, Motor industry, Post-war Britain, Car workers, Activism, Trade unions, Strikes, Agency, Subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526133397
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526133403


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Saunders, author
University of Warwick