The place of imagery in the transmission of culture: the banners of the Durham coalfield

David Wray

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Abstract

The Durham Miners Gala is an annual event at which the associated branches of the Durham Miners Association carry their banners to a rally held in the city of Durham. The imagery displayed on those banners is representative of the class struggle to create a trade union that would represent and protect individuals and communities against the vagaries of the unbridled capitalism of the nineteenth century. In this way a tradition (and culture) was created not by social or political elites, but developed from ground level to counteract attempts to subsume them into a dominant ideology that saw them as little more than serfs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-163
JournalInternational Labor and Working-Class History
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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