In defence of white freedom: Working men’s clubs and the politics of sociability in late industrial England

Schofield, Camilla (2023) In defence of white freedom: Working men’s clubs and the politics of sociability in late industrial England. Twentieth Century British History, 34 (3). 515–551. ISSN 0955-2359

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Abstract

While ongoing discrimination in jobs, welfare, and housing in 1970s England belied the social democratic promise of 'equality of opportunity' and the much-touted British value of 'fair play', racism at the door of the working men's club told a different story. For reactionaries and liberals alike, it spoke to the uncertain future of working-class politics in late industrial England. This article shows how the legal and political controversies surrounding whites-only working men's clubs contribute to our understanding of the 'white working class' as a political subject in British public life. Even more, it reveals how - among club members - whiteness came to be invested with feelings of intimacy, kinship, respectability, and independence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: white working class,race,deindustrialisation,discrimination,british politics,trade unions,history,sociology and political science,sdg 10 - reduced inequalities,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 01:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91897
DOI: 10.1093/tcbh/hwad038

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