Back to the factory: the continuing salience of industrial workplace history

Akgöz, Görkem, Croucher, Richard ORCID logoORCID: and Pizzolato, Nicola ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Back to the factory: the continuing salience of industrial workplace history. Labor History, 61 (1) . pp. 1-11. ISSN 0023-656X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0023656X.2019.1681632)

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Factories remain significant sites of employment, crucial to capitalism. In the twentieth century, scholars registered achievements in documenting their history, but since the late 1980s, and for a generation, the field lost impetus within labour history although insights continued to accumulate through work in adjacent disciplines. The factory has not featured on the agenda of 'transnational' and 'global' labour history, but we suggest that it can and should contribute to that broader global project, reinvigorating labour history, not least by contributing a dimension close to workers’ everyday experience.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 27999
Notes on copyright: Published version: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:39

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