Strikes and class consciousness in the early work of Richard Hyman

McIlroy, John (2012) Strikes and class consciousness in the early work of Richard Hyman. Capital & Class, 36 (1). pp. 53-75. ISSN 0309-8168

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Abstract

This article reviews the writings of Richard Hyman analysing strikes during the militancy of the 1970s. It focuses on his central concern with the relationship between industrial action and class consciousness, a perennial issue in Marxist theory, setting this discussion in the context of Hyman’s examination of contemporary trade unionism and his membership of a small revolutionary group, the International Socialists. The development of his thinking from economism and rank-and-fileism towards understanding the social gestation of consciousness, and his ultimate conviction that strikes possess no necessary connection with radicalisation and that even in revolutionary situations are subordinate to political action is explored and assessed. The article concludes with consideration of the related literature and reflections on socialists and strikes in contemporary Britain.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Strikes; class consciousness; unions; shop stewards; International Socialists
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 10188
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Depositing User: Alison Roache
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 17:20
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188

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