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Jonathan Pattenden

2 A class-relational approach Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations. (Marx 1973:265) While capitalism presupposes a structural opposition between capital and labour that is rooted in ownership of productive assets and acted out through the performance of surplus labour and its attendant forms of domination, actually existing class relationships are ‘almost infinitely more complicated’ (Harriss 2006:446). When viewed in concrete historical terms, class is a plural category in terms of its subdivisions (shaped by the

in Labour, state and society in rural India
Matthew Kidd

The refusal of the Labour Party to recognise the class war disappointed those who believed society was divided into two irreconcilable classes. 1 If this refusal represented a true reflection of Labour opinion rather than a strategic attempt to maintain unity between diverse political and trade union forces, then one may be inclined to conclude that populist understandings of the social order were more prevalent than class-based perspectives in the early party. This argument has been put forward by an eclectic range of scholars who have drawn attention to the

in The renewal of radicalism
Matthew Kidd

broad cross-class coalition whose members worked in relative harmony under the guiding influence of ‘the People’s William’. For proponents of a class-based model of political development, radicals and liberals grew close in the years following the defeat of the ‘class-conscious’ Chartist movement, when the working classes, driven above all by economic concerns, abandoned their commitment to independent class politics and accepted the political and intellectual leadership of middle-class reformers. 2 This once-dominant narrative has been challenged by scholars who

in The renewal of radicalism
Political apathy and the poetry of Derek Mahon
George Legg

2 ‘Middle-­class shits’: political apathy and the poetry of Derek Mahon ‘Wonders are many and none is more wonderful than man’ Who has tamed the terrier, trimmed the hedge And grasped the principle of the watering can. Clothes pegs litter the window ledge And the long ships lie in clover; washing lines Shake out white linen over the chalk thanes. Now we are safe from monsters, and the giants Who tore up sods twelve miles by six And hurled them out to sea to become islands Can worry us no more. The sticks And stones that once broke bones will not now harm A

in Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom
The milieu culture of DIY punk
Peter Webb

5 Crass, subculture and class: the milieu culture of DIY punk Peter Webb This chapter presents an account of the activities and social formation of the DIY punk band Crass in order to develop a critique of the notion of ‘subculture’ employed at the time of the group’s existence (1977–85) by the Birmingham University Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS). It supplies a narrative of how the band and the cultural movement known as `anarchopunk’ provided a ‘milieu’ where class identities could blend and develop hybrid forms of cultural and social capital.1

in Fight back
Essays to celebrate the life and work of Chris Wrigley

This book reflects upon the wide range of Chris Wrigley's research and publications in the study of the various aspects of British labour history. It presents a set of themes revolving around the British labour movement and the lives of those connected with it. The book begins with a discussion on biography in the shape of George Howell's work on trade unions and presents Herbert Gladstone's view that the unions emerged from the medieval workers guilds. Chris was also interested in political figures connected with progressivism and the labour movement, which is reflected in the examination of Gladstone's role in the Liberal Party. There is an examination of the Co-operative Party in the north-east of England, the 1911 National Insurance Act, and the relationship between the unions and the Labour Party. The inter-war British labour politics is covered by the disaffiliation of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) from the Labour Party and by a study of the Progressive League. British and German working class lives are compared in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Female trade unionism is dealt with a focus on Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries (AWCS). The contribution of the Lansburys is brought by an essay on the role of the family members in working-class politics, including women's enfranchisement. The book also deals with the attempt by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) to engage with punk music, and ends with a discussion on the theme of Labour disunity.

Jonathan Pattenden

6 Social policy and class relations: the case of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) is a universal rights-based programme, and as such it is argued here that it provides possibilities for classes of labour to challenge existing distributions of power within local government institutions (LGIs), and even to modify class relations in their favour. In operation since 2006, NREGS guarantees 100 days of employment on government-funded works for every household in rural India. It also entitles those

in Labour, state and society in rural India
Jonathan Pattenden

8 Organisations of labouring class women In contrast to the neoliberal civil society organisations (CSOs) of the previous chapter, the focus here is on an organisation of labouring class scheduled caste female agricultural labourers in the fieldwork district of Raichur (Karnataka). The organisation, the Jagruthi Mahela Sanghathan (JMS), is made up of around 550 labouring class  Madiga (scheduled caste) female labourers organised in thirty-five village-level associations (sanghas) in twenty-two villages across two sub-districts (Manvi and Sindhanur). The chapter

in Labour, state and society in rural India
David Thackeray

3 The challenge of class politics A week before polling at the 1907 London County Council (LCC) election, the London Municipal Society held a rally in Trafalgar Square. Municipal Reform supporters processed past Nelson’s Column carrying banners bearing messages attacking the record of the incumbent Liberal-linked Progressive administration. Amongst the slogans were: ‘Every vote given for the Progressives is a vote for Socialism’ and ‘Wastrels pay their men three and a half pence an hour but throw away £100,000 on steamboats’, a reference to the council’s bungled

in Conservatism for the democratic age
Klaus Stolz

1 The quest for a regional political class When regionalisation meets political professionalisation: object of analysis and objectives of the study Those who fought for Catalan self-government and democracy against the Franco dictatorship didn’t do so with a view to a professional political career: indeed, it was a very risky business, threatening their lives and livelihoods. In the more than thirty years since Franco’s death, though, Jordi Pujol and Pasqual Maragall have not only continued to live for Catalan politics, they have also been living off their

in Towards a regional political class?