Absent hands: towards a history of industrial work


This paper calls for a renewal of the history of industrial production in Britain, particularly related to the history of work processes. It analyses how industrial work processes in twentieth century Britain have been systematically excluded from the histories of technology, industrial relations, labour history, and business. I suggest that the history of work is a historiographical field which offers many opportunities for historians of technology and business to develop new avenues of research. I also suggest that a comprehensive history of industrial work requires historians to draw on both social and business history literatures, and for collaboration between these disciplines.
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Weatherburn, M. (2011). Absent hands: towards a history of industrial work. ArtefaCToS. Revista De Estudios Sobre La Ciencia Y La tecnología, 4, 85–92. Retrieved from https://revistas.usal.es/cinco/index.php/artefactos/article/view/8537


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Michael Weatherburn

Imperial College London - ICL
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Imperial College London. Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (Reino Unido)