A balanced and richly informed survey that investigates how, why and to what degree working lives have been transformed over the last sixty years. McIvor covers themes such as gender, race, class, disability and health in his exploration of how the meaning of employment has been signified by the workers themselves.
Arthur McIvor is Professor of Social History and Director of the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He is the author of A History of Work in Britain, 1880-1950 and co-author of Miners' Lung: A History of Dust Disease in British Coal Mining.
List of Tables.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- 1. Employment Patterns and Inequalities.- 2. The Meanings of Work.- 3. A Man's World?.- 4. The Colour Bar.- 5. Bodies.- 6. Representation and Resistance.- 7. Loss.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index.