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Assembling CulturesWorkplace Activism, Labour Militancy and Cultural Change in Britain's Car Factories, 1945-82$
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Jack Saunders

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526133397

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526133403

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(p.1) Introduction
Assembling Cultures

Jack Saunders

Manchester University Press

The introduction explores the importance of car workers in popular memories of post-war Britain, particularly their status as disruptive militants in narratives of decline. It calls into question the superficial treatment that car workers’ union activism has been given in the existing historiography, making a case for a social and cultural history of the industry that restores the agency and subjectivity of its workforce. Drawing on Bourdieu and Godelier, the Introduction proposes to analyse the social practices and cultural norms that structured workplace activism as a way of understanding the possibilities and limits that shaped workers’ lives.

Keywords:   Memory, Social history, Cultural history, Bourdieu, Agency, Activism, Work, Social practices

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