363 pages | 24 B/W Illus.
Industrial discipline in mining, quarrying, brickmaking and other classes of mineral work was very different to that in nineteenth-century factories and mills. First published in 1977, this book deals with mineral workers of every class and discusses the peculiarities and common features of their work. It offers three detailed local studies: pit life in County Durham, slate quarrying in North Wales, and saltworkers in Cheshire alongside an introductory section on mineral workers in general. The author is concerned with the family and community setting; the social relationships at the point of production itself; job control and trade unionism; and with material culture, wages and earnings.
Notes on contributors; General editor’s introduction; Part 1 Mineral Workers Raphael Samuel Part 2 Y chwarelwyr: the slate quarrymen of north Wales Merfyn Jones Part 3 Cheshire saltworkers Brian Didsbury Part 4 The Durham pitman Dave Douglass Part 5 Pit talk in county Durham Dave Douglass; Subject index; Index of places