Volume 47 supplement 10 (2002)


IRSH 47 supplement

De-Industrialization: Social and Cultural Aspects

De-industrialization processes have accompanied industrialization from the start, both regionally and globally. Most historical studies of de-industrialization focus on economic issues, including structural causes and forms of unemployment. Much less attention is usually paid to the social and cultural aspects.
What are the consequences of de-industrialization for working-class families and their communities? How does de-industrialization affect working-class culture, trade unions, traditional labour parties, and the regional social, educational and cultural infrastructure? Are gender relations changed by de-industrialization? These subjects are explored by the contributors to this volume. Their essays deal with effects of de-industrialization processes in different contexts. In doing so they propose a wide scope for the study of industrial devolution.


Bert Altena and Marcel van der Linden, Preface

Christopher Johnson, Introduction: De-Industrialization and Globalization

Franco Barchiesi and Bridget Kenny, From Workshop to Wasteland: Deindustrialisation and Fragmentation of the Black Working Class on the East Rand (South Africa), 1990-1999

Darren G. Lilleker, Whose Left? Working-Class Political Allegiances in Post-Industrial Britain

Stefan Goch, Betterment Without Airs: Social, Cultural, and Political Consequences of the Deindustrialization in the Ruhr

Robert Forrant, The International Association of Machinists, Pratt & Whitney and the Struggle for a Blue-Collar Future in Connecticut

Gregory Wilson, "Our Chronic and Desperate Situation": Anthracite Communities and the Emergence of Redevelopment Policy in Pennsylvania and the United States, 1945-1965

Chitra Joshi, On "De-industrialization" and the Crisis of Male Identities