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Deindustrialisation and the Historical Sociological Imagination: Making Sense of Work and Industrial Change

Strangleman, Tim (2017) Deindustrialisation and the Historical Sociological Imagination: Making Sense of Work and Industrial Change. Sociology, 51 (2). pp. 466-482. ISSN 0038-0385. E-ISSN 1469-8684. (doi:10.1177/0038038515622906)

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Abstract

Following recent calls for a more self-aware and historically-sensitive sociology this article reflects on the concept of deindustrialisation and industrial change in this spirit. Using E.P. Thompson’s classic The Making of The English Working Class and his examination of industrialising culture with its stress on experience, the article asks how these insights might be of value in understanding contemporary processes of deindustrialisation and work. Drawing on a range of sociological, cultural and literary studies writers it conceptualises the differences and similarities between two historic moments of industrial change and loss. In particular it draws on the literary concept of the ‘half-life of deindustrialisation’ to explore these periods. The paper has important implications for how we think about contemporary and historical industrial decline.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0038038515622906
Uncontrolled keywords: E.P. Thompson; Half-life of Deindustrialisation; Historical Sociology; Work Meaning and Identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Tim Strangleman
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 11:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54004 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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