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Researching women’s work: reflections on ‘Women on the Line’


CRESI’s 7th May 2009 seminar given by Professor Miriam Glucksmann (Sociology, University of Essex).

CRESI’s 7th May 2009 seminar given by Professor Miriam Glucksmann (Sociology, University of Essex).

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  • 1. ‘ Researching women's work: reflections on Women on the Line Miriam Glucksmann
    • Slides : CRESI Seminar, Sociology Department, Essex University, 7 May 2009.
    • Sound : Interview by Dave Monk, BBC Radio Essex “Mid morning” June 2nd 2009, reproduced by kind permission of BBC Essex.
  • 2. The original front cover 1982
  • 3. Alice assembling a speedometer. New front cover
  • 4. The political context
    • Industrial disputes
    • Prelude to Thatcher and Reagan
    • Anti-colonial struggles
    • Student and women’s movement
    • The promise of a different future
    • Feminism and working class women
  • 5. Smiths Industries factory
  • 6. Factory women
    • Migrant
    • Multi-ethnic (Irish, Afro-Caribbean, Indian)
    • Stark division between men and women
    • Elaborate hierarchical division of labour
    • Analysis of ‘intersectionality’: multiple overlapping divisions of gender, race, occupation
  • 7. Shop floor with new conveyor belt
  • 8. Transformation of women’s work: 1978-2008
    • Global shifts of manufacturing
    • The daughters of Smiths’ women workers
    • Migrant labour in UK today
    • Call centres, service work, food processing, retailing, health, care work
  • 9. Emergent themes
    • Time
    • The body
    • Work culture
    • Sociability, solidarity and ‘empowerment’ (the strike)
    • Labour process and control
  • 10. Mother and daughter clocking in
  • 11. At my work bench
  • 12. Filling a thermos flask at ‘the water hole’
  • 13. Rosemary and Doreen
  • 14. Carol (on left), trade union shop steward, during the strike
  • 15. Machine shop supporters during the strike
  • 16. Theoretical reflections
    • Interplay of ‘contradictions’
    • Relational not classificatory analysis
    • Gender, ethnicity, nationality and class
    • Intersectionality
    • Divisions and connections between home and work
    • ‘ Total social organisation of labour’
  • 17. Matalan store 2008, on the site of Smiths factory
  • 18.
    • With thanks to:
    • BBC Radio Essex
    • The women on the line…
    • Women on the Line
    • By Miriam Glucksmann aka Ruth Cavendish
    • ISBN: 978-0-415-47642-3
    • Binding: Paperback (also available in Hardback)
    • Published by: Routledge
    • Publication Date: 11/02/2009