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Collieries and communities: the miners’ strike in Scotland, 1984-1985

By J. Phillips


This article examines the remarkable year-long miners’ strike in Scotland in 1984-5. The emphasis is on the role of community and colliery factors in shaping pit-level strike commitment. The key question is this: why was strike commitment, or endurance, stronger at some collieries than others? The question is pursued through analysis of pre-strike pit-level economic performance and industrial relations across the Scottish coalfields, and examination of the community-level material resources, including the economic and cultural role of women, that helped structure the capacity to sustain the strike

Topics: HC, HD, DA
Year: 2010
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