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Hugh Cunningham

8 Towards ‘work–life balance’ F rom the mid-nineteenth century it became common to think of time as being divided between work and leisure. To do this, however, was to see the world through the eyes of men. Women, whether or not they were in paid employment, had very little sense of time being so neatly divided into work and leisure. Work provided the dominant motif of their lives, and there was no time on the clock when it began or ended. Life was task-oriented, and there were always tasks to be done. In the twentieth century there were fundamental changes in

in Time, work and leisure
Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes, Debra Howcroft, Arjan Keizer, and Roger Walden

Introduction Most people enjoy work: it brings economic sustenance, mental attainment, a sense of fulfilment along with many positive social and community connections. However many people become ‘alienated’ from work, which means they end up feeling separated, socially and emotionally, from others in society, usually because of the way they are treated while at work by their boss or company – whether that is teaching children at school, repairing computers, providing domestic care for the elderly, or delivering food as an independent contractor via a smart

in Power, politics and influence at work
Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes, Debra Howcroft, Arjan Keizer, and Roger Walden

Introduction The analysis in this book has been informed by six dimensions that can influence work and employment issues, first summarised in Chapter 1 ( Table 1.1 ). These dimensions include: (1) labour indeterminacy and structured antagonism outlined in Chapter 1 ; (2) management actions, labour market utilisation and new technologies, discussed in Chapter 2 ; (3) globalisation, also debated in Chapter 2 ; (4) the role of the state and employment regulation, examined in Chapter 3 ; (5) the communication sphere covered in Chapter 4 on worker voice

in Power, politics and influence at work
A history of the British Musicians’ Union, 1893–2013

This book is a history of the British Musicians’ Union (MU) from its origins in 1893 to 2013. It uses the Union as a prism through which to examine changes in musicians’ working lives, the industries they work in and wider British society. It argues that musicians can best be considered as particular sorts of worker and that while the MU’s history has hitherto largely been ignored or marginalised, it has much to teach us about musicians, their working lives and the power dynamics of the music industries.

P. J. P. Goldberg

Grene that the aforesaid Joan and her family unjustly mowed grass on the bound between them and took more than she ought to do. Accordingly it is judged that the aforesaid Joan is in mercy and Roger should receive damages from her. [c] [1300] Day in autumn. The daughter of William de Wylinghurst, two daughters of Nicholas le Yonge, two daughters of Thomas Colling, and the daughter of Dygan to work two

in Women in England c. 1275–1525
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P. J. P. Goldberg

tapestry wrought upon the loom after the manner of Arras work and made of false work by Katherine Duchewoman in her house at Finch Lane, being four yards in length and seven quarters in breadth, seeing that she had made it of linen thread beneath, but covered with wool above, in deceit of the people and against the ordinance of the aforesaid craft, and they asked that the ‘coster’ might be declared to be

in Women in England c. 1275–1525
Labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott
Jennie Batchelor

1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 211 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 The ‘gift’ of work: labour, narrative and community in the novels of Sarah Scott What I understand by society is a state of mutual confidence, reciprocal services, and correspondent affections; where numbers are thus united, there will be a free communication of sentiments, and we shall then find speech, that peculiar blessing given to man, a valuable gift indeed; but when we see it restrained by suspicion, or contaminated by detraction, we rather

in Women’s work
Brian Elliott

Work and social value In the first three chapters of this book I set out and defended a theory of democracy that centres on the principle of popular sovereignty; grounded that principle in the concrete history of working-class struggle; and further interpreted democracy in line with Raymond Williams’s idea of the ‘long revolution’. Along the way, it has been repeatedly stressed that democratic culture is essentially about sharing decision-making power over the material conditions of everyday life as widely and deeply as possible. In Williams’s own words

in The roots of populism
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Income, identity and collective action
Andy Smith

Introduction Just as in other countries, for most people in France working is first and foremost the activity through which they earn enough to live on and, wherever possible, make plans and investments for their future and that of their families. At the same time, because of the time one spends on it and especially the social meaning it possesses, work is also widely seen as defining who one is in society, whether one fits within it and self-perceptions of success or failure ( Cousin, 2019 ). Indeed, through what Dubar calls ‘the socialization of activity

in Made in France

Using oral, archival and written sources, the book reconstructs the experiences of African women and men working in Zimbabwe’s hospitals in the twentieth century. It demonstrates how African nurses, i.e., nursing assistants, nursing orderlies, medics and State Registered Nurses were the spine of the hospital system and through their work ensured the smooth functioning of hospitals in Zimbabwe. The book argues that African nurses took the opportunity afforded to them by the profession to transform Zimbabwe’s clinical spaces into their own. They were interlocutors between white medical and nursing personnel and African patients and made Africans’ adjustments to hospital settings easier. At the same time, the book moves beyond hospital spaces, interrogating the significance of the nursing profession within African communities, in the process bridging the divide between public and private spaces. The book makes a significant contribution to global nursing historiography by highlighting how Zimbabwean nurses’ experiences within hospitals and beyond clinical spaces speak to the experiences of other nurses within the Southern African region and beyond. Through documenting the stories and histories of African nurses over a period of a century and the various ways in which they struggled and creatively adapted to their subordinate position in hospitals and how they transformed these healing spaces to make them their own, the book suggests that nurses were important historical actors whose encounters and experiences in Zimbabwe’s healing spaces – the hospitals – deserve to be documented.