Women and the Labour Movement in Scotland 1850-1914

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A study of working women in Scotland in the late 1900s, this book uncovers the patterns of employment, involvement in and relationship to trade unions, and the forms of workplace resistance and struggles in which these women engaged. Focusing particularly on women working in Dundee's jute industry, Gordon integrates labor and gender history, which challenges many assumptions about the organizational apathy of women workers and the inevitable division between workplace and domestic ideologies. This book makes an important contribution to current historiographical debate over the sexual division of labor, working-class consciousness, domestic ideologies, and to the history of women in Scotland.

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One of the startling results of Eleanor Gordon's research is that, far from being passive in the work place, women in Scotland, especially in the textile industries, were vigorous in their pursuit of wage and other claims. * EHR, Nov 1994 * important work ... In her analysis of women workers' involvement in and relationship to trade unionism Gordon makes a significant contribution to current debates ... the work succeeds as a coherent entity, rich in detail and strong on explanatory power. Its analysis of the formation of labour relations and of the nature and meanings of women's industrial struggles invites international comparisons. * Rosalind McClean, Victoria University of Wellington, Gender and History, 1994 * With this study another gap in the history of Scottish labor has been bridged ... a valuable contribution to labor history. * F. Darrell, Munsell, The Historian, Vol. 55, No. 4, Summer '93 * This is a useful and thought-provoking book ... her argument is important and convincing. * Jonathan Schneer, Georgia Tech, Labor History * Labor history and the history of women, each a fruitful area of academic enquiry in its own right, have seldom been so well integrated as in this study of working women in Scotland ... well written. The conclusions are soundly based on examination of a variety of sources and on arguments that are both logical and sensible. * Janey Fyfe, University of Western Ontario, American Historical Review, April 1993 * well-written book * W. Hamish Fraser, University of Strathclyde, The Economic History Review, Volume XLVI, No. 2, May 1993 * Gordon's study challenges the stereotype of the subordinate, passive, backward woman worker * Jane McDermid, Journal of Women's History, Vol 4 No 2 (FALL) * ... pioneering and well researched book ... This is an excellent and subtle exploration of a world almost untouched by conventional labour history. Eleanor Gordon's research has been wide and deep. ...This a thought-provoking and important book. It will surely be the first of many forays in the field by the author. * T.C. Smout, Scottish Labour History Society Journal * an important contribution to current historiographical debates over the sexual division of labour, working class consciousness and domestic ideologies and to the history of women in Scotland * Studies on Women Abstracts, Volume 10, Number 1, 1992 * Eleanor Gordon's book is a significant work ... Gordon's overview of the trade union movement is in fact a preamble to a fascinating assessment of militancy among women workers. ... thoroughly researched, soundly argued, and full of theoretically informed insights ... this is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of women and labor protest. Indeed, it will take its place as one of the groundbreaking new studies that demonstrate the imperative for feminist theory to be intergrated into labor history. * Albion, Summer 1993 *

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