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

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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