First published in 1988, this book sets out to reinterpret the changing place of working-class association in capitalist Britain. It argues that in combination, co-operation and association constitutes labour’s power — what is has to work with and who to work for — yet social historians have tended to overlook such views in a co-operative setting. What was the struggle, what form did it take, who were the protagonists and what relevance did they have to the community co-operators of the 1980s? The essays collected in this book explore class potential and class conflict within and against co-operative thought and practice.
Notes on contributors; Preface; 1 Introductory: Rival Clusters of Potential: Ways of Seeing Co-operation Stephen Yeo 2 William King of Brighton: Co-operation’s Prophet? Andy Durr 3 Change and continuity in the Development of Co-operation, 1827-1844 Robin Thornes 4 George Jacob Holyoake: Socialism, Association and Co-operation in Nineteenth-Century England Peter Gurney 5 ‘The Lord does Combination Love’: Religion and Co-operation amongst a Peculiar People Mick Reed 6 The ‘Co-operative Commonwealth’: Ireland, Larkin, and the Daily Herald Keith Harding 7 Domestic Drudgery Will Be a Thing Of the Past’: Co-operative Women and the Reform of Housework Alistair Thomson 8 Working Out their Own Salvation: Women’s Autonomy and Divorce Law Reform in the Co-operative Movement, 1910-1920 Gill Scott 9 Let Me Dream: John Wall, Bristol Shoemaker Poet, 1855-1915 Sally Mullen 10 An Event in the Culture of Co-operation: National Co-operative Festivals at Crystal Palace Lawrence Magnanie 11 Co-operation and Crisis: Government, Co-operation and Politics, 1917-22 Paddy Maguire 12 Limits to Mutuality: Economic and Political Attacks on Co-operation During the 1920s and 1930s Neil Killingback 13 On the Uses of ‘Community’: From Owenism to the Present Eileen and Stephen Yeo; Index
First published between 1975 and 1991, this set reissues 13 volumes that originally appeared as part of the History Workshop Series. This series of books, which grew out of the journal of the same name, advocated ‘history from below’ and examined numerous, often social, issues from the perspectives of ordinary people. In the words of founder Raphael Samuel, the aim was to turn historical research and writing into ‘a collaborative enterprise’, via public gatherings outside of a traditional academic setting, that could be used to support activism and social justice as well as informing politics.
Some of the topics examined in the set include: mineral workers, rural radicalism, and the lives and occupations of villagers in the nineteenth century; working class association; the development of left-wing workers theatre and the changing attitudes to mass culture across the twentieth century; the changing fortunes of the East End at the turn of the century; the position of women from the nineteenth century to the present; the miners’ strike of 1984-5; the social and political images of late-twentieth century London; and a three volume analysis of the myriad facets of English patriotism. This set will be of interest to students of history, sociology, gender and politics.