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Challenges to Labour History
(1994)
  • Terry Irving, University of Wollongong
Abstract

The decline of the labour movement in the 1980s and 1990s robbed labour history of its elan as 'history with a social purpose', and the rise of postmodernism devalued the attempt by labour historians to grasp social reality as a whole. Today there is a commonly expressed feeling that labour history is experiencing a crisis. The first three essays in this volume are historiographical; then four essays engage with the challenges posed by post-modernism and cultural theory; and finally four essays present examples of the ways in which theoretical reappraisals can shape the writing of labour history.

Keywords
  • Labour history,
  • public sphere,
  • marxism,
  • Australia
Publication Date
1994
Publisher
University of New South Wales Press
Series
The Modern History Series
ISBN
0 86840 118 8
Citation Information
Terry Irving. Challenges to Labour History. Sydney(1994)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/terry_irving1/4/