The politics of the doorstep: Female survival strategies and the legacy of the miners' strike 1984-85

Jean Spence, Carol Stephenson

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Abstract

This paper considers the legacy of continuing activism of women in the North East of England who organized in support of the 1984-85 miners' strike. It refers to the traditional responsibility of women in mining localities for the maintenance of neighbourhood and kin relations and using the example of a key activist in one ex-mining village, it argues that the values associated with 'mining community' remain relevant as a reference point for a self-conscious, politicized reshaping of local relationships in post-industrial conditions. The material basis for this self-conscious approach has shifted from the masculine sphere of mining work and its associated community institutions to the feminized sphere of location and neighbourhood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-327
JournalCommunity, Work & Family
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

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