Why do people rebel? This is one of the most important questions historians and social scientists have been grappling with over the years. It is a question to which no satisfactory answer has been found, despite more than a century of research. However, in most cases the research has focused on what people do if they rebel but hardly ever, why they rebel.
The essays in this volume offer an alternative perspective, based on the question at what point families decided to add collective action to their repertoires of survival strategies, In this way this volume opens up a promising new field of historical research: the intersection of labour and family history. The authors offer fascinating case studies in several countries spanning over four continents during the last two centuries. In an extensive introduction the relevant literature on households and collective action is discussed, and the volume is rounded off by a conclusion that provides methodological and theoretical suggestions for the further exploration of this new field in social history.
“... opens up a promising new field of historical research: the intersection of labor and family history. The authors provide insightful case studies in several countries ... [They] offer a wealth of new perspectives and disclose a number of aspects neglected by social historians ... A worthwhile and welcome book.”
· International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review
"The book makes a valuable contribution to labor history by broadening the range of factors – family structure, community solidarity, and gender – that researchers need to consider when accounting for collective action. It will benefit university students as well as professional historians." · History: Review of New Books
Jan Kok received his doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam where he also taught history before moving to the International Institute of Social History where he combined studies in historical demography with work on a large database, the Historical Sample of the Netherlands. Since 1999 he has also been research director of the program "Household and Labour" of the N.W. Posthumus Institute.
Table of Contents
|Table of Contents||v|
|List of Tables, Figures and Maps||vi|
|Chapter 1. Introduction||1|
|Chapter 2. Early British Labour Movements in Relation to Family Needs||24|
|Chapter 3. Weaving Survival in the Tapestry of Village Life||39|
|Chapter 4. The Case of Clarinna Stringer||59|
|Chapter 5. Family and Unionisation in the Bricklaying Trade in Turn-of-the-Century Madrid||79|
|Chapter 6. 'Who Will Look After the Kiddies?'||110|
|Chapter 7. Family Ties and Labour Activism among Silk Workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1900 - 1920||125|
|Chapter 8. The Trade Union as Survival Strategy||140|
|Chapter 9. High-Cost Activism and the Worker Household||166|
|Chapter 10. Retreat from Collective Protest||199|
|Chapter 11. Conclusion||230|
|Notes on Contributors||243|