Gay Men and the Left in Post war Britain How the Personal Got Political

Author: Lucy Robinson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 1847792332
Release Date: 2011-11-30
Genre: History

Available in paperback for the first time, his book demonstrates how the personal became political in post-war Britain, and argues that attention to gay activism can help us to fundamentally rethink the nature of post-war politics. While the Left were fighting among themselves and the reformists were struggling with the limits of law reform, gay men started organising for themselves, first individually within existing organisations and later rejecting formal political structures altogether. Culture, performance and identity took over from economics and class struggle, as gay men worked to change the world through the politics of sexuality. Throughout the post-war years, the new cult of the teenager in the 1950s, CND and the counter-culture of the 1960s, gay liberation, feminism, the Punk movement and the miners' strike of 1984 all helped to build a politics of identity. There is an assumption among many of today's politicians that young people are apathetic and disengaged. This book argues that these politicians are looking in the wrong place. People now feel that they can impact the world through the way in which they live, shop, have sex and organise their private lives. Robinson shows that gay men and their politics have been central to this change in the post-war world.

Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction

Author: Jayashree Kamblé
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137395054
Release Date: 2014-08-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

Despite pioneering studies, the term 'romance novel' itself has not been subjected to scrutiny. This book examines mass-market romance fiction in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. through four categories: capitalism, war, heterosexuality, and white Protestantism and casts a fresh light on the genre.


Author: Massimo Mastrogregori
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110251180
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: History

Die International Bibliographiy of Historical Sciences verzeichnet jährlich die bedeutendsten Neuerscheinungen geschichtswissenschaftlicher Monographien und Zeitschriftenartikel weltweit, die inhaltlich von der Vor- und Frühgeschichte bis zur jüngsten Vergangenheit reichen. Sie ist damit die derzeit einzige laufende Bibliographie dieser Art, die thematisch, zeitlich und geographisch ein derart breites Spektrum abdeckt. Innerhalb der systematischen Gliederung nach Zeitalter, Region oder historischer Disziplin sind die Werke nach Autorennamen oder charakteristischem Titelhauptwort aufgelistet.

The Politics of Identity and Civil Society in Britain and Germany

Author: Leighton S. James
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131769973
Release Date: 2008-10-15
Genre: History

This study compares the making and remaking of the political identities of the miners' movements in Britain and Germany. Examining this intersection through discourse analysis and the concept of the "lifeworld," this book brings together the miners' social world and the realm of organized politics to advance historical understanding of two of the most powerful European labor movements. Taking the south Wales and Ruhr coalfields as case studies, it focuses on the public discourse of the trade unions and political parties as disseminated in local newspapers, trade union publications, pamphlets, and election leaflets. It reveals how the miners' movements utilized ideas such as class, religion, the "people" or "Volk", socialization, and nationalization to construct organizational identities during the turbulent period between 1890 and 1926.

Sexual Politics

Author: Stephen Brooke
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199562541
Release Date: 2011-11-24
Genre: History

Explores the complex relationship between sexuality and socialist politics in Britain, arguing that sexuality has been a key, though often neglected aspect of party politics in the last century and a half. It also explores the relationship between the personal and the political in a wide-ranging study of British society.

Alternatives to State Socialism in Britain

Author: Peter Ackers
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319341620
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Genre: History

This book poses a major revisionist challenge to 20th century British labour history, aiming to look beyond the Marxist and Fabian exclusion of working class experience, notably religion and self-help, in order to exaggerate ‘labour movement’ class cohesion. Instead of a ‘forward march’ to secular state-socialism, the research presented here is devoted to a rich diversity of social movements and ideas. In this collection of essays, the editors establish the liberal-pluralist tradition, with the following chapters covering three distinct sections. Part One, ‘Other Forms of Association’ covers subjects such as trade unions, the Co-operative Party, women’s community activism and Protestant Nonconformity. Part Two, ‘Other Leaders’, covers employer Edward Cadbury; Trades Union Congress leader Walter Citrine; and the electricians’ leader, Frank Chapple. Part Three, ‘Other Intellectuals’, considers G.D.H. Cole, Michael Young and left libertarianism by Stuart White. Readers interested in the British Labour movement will find this an invaluable resource.

It s Not Unusual

Author: Alkarim Jivani
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253211506
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Social Science

"Alkarim Jivani has fashioned a lively introduction to our queer brothers and sisters across the Atlantic." —Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, CA "An interesting primary source for comprehensive gay and lesbian collections." —Library Journal It’s Not Unusual is a lively, anecdotal account of lesbian and gay Britain told through the testimony of those who lived through it all. What it was like to attend West End premieres in the Twenties with a monocled, cross-dressed Radclyffe Hall. What signs and signals lesbians and gay men used to recognize each other in the Thirties. How London became a "vast double bed" during the blackout. Why camp humor defused tension among soldiers under fire during the Second World War. What it felt like to undergo "treatment" at the hands of psychiatrists armed with injections and emetics during the repressive Fifties. How, in the Sixties, the long battle for law reform was fought and won. How gay men and lesbians partied through the Seventies and rallied together in the Eighties, and what issues concern them in the Nineties. The clothes they wore, the books they read, the music they enjoyed, the slang they used, the people they loved, the things that made them laugh, and the things that made them cry are all vividly recalled. The result is a poignant and powerfully told history that casts a new light on Britain in our century.

From Revolution to Rights in South Africa

Author: Steven L. Robins
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9781847012029
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

The author argues for the continued importance of NGOs, social movements and other 'civil society' actors in creating new forms of citizenship and democracy in South Africa.

Labours Old and New

Author: Stephen Meredith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9781847796486
Release Date: 2008-02-01
Genre: Political Science

This study is concerned with the 'Old' Labour right at a critical juncture of social democratic and Labour politics. It attempts to understand the complex transition from so-called 'Old Right' to 'New Right' or 'New Labour', and locates at least some of the roots of the latter in the complexity, tensions and fragmentation of the former during the 'lean' years of social democracy in the 1970s. The analysis addresses both the short and long-term implications of the emerging ideological, organisational and political complexity and divisions of the parliamentary Labour right and Labour revisionism, previously concealed within the loosely adhesive post-war framework of Keynesian reformist social democracy. It establishes the extent to which 'New' Labour is a legatee of at least some elements of the disparate and discordant Labour right and tensions of social democratic revisionism in the 1970s. In so doing, it advances our understanding of a key moment in the development of social democracy and the making of the contemporary British Labour Party.

The Sixties

Author: Arthur Marwick
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781448205424
Release Date: 2011-09-28
Genre: History

If the World Wars defined the first half of the twentieth century, the sixties defined the second half, acting as the pivot on which modern times have turned. From popular music to individual liberties, the tastes and convictions of the Western world are indelibly stamped with the impact of this tumultuous decade. Framing the sixties as a period stretching from 1958 to 1974, Arthur Marwick argues that this long decade ushered in nothing less than a cultural revolution – one that raged most clearly in the United States, Britain, France, and Italy. Marwick recaptures the events and movements that shaped life as we know it: the rise of a youth subculture across the West; the sit-ins and marches of the civil rights movement; Britain's surprising rise to leadership in fashion and music; the emerging storm over Vietnam; the Paris student uprising of 1968; the growing force of feminism, and much more. For some, it was a golden age of liberation and political progress; for others, an era in which depravity was celebrated, and the secure moral and social framework subverted. The sixties was no short-term era of ecstasy and excess. On the contrary, the decade set the cultural and social agenda for the rest of the century, and left deep divisions still felt today.

Queer Theory

Author: Annamarie Jagose
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814742341
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Social Science

This Major Reference series brings together a wide range of key international articles in law and legal theory. Many of these essays are not readily accessible, and their presentation in these volumes will provide a vital new resource for both research and teaching. Each volume is edited by leading international authorities who explain the significance and context of articles in an informative and complete introduction.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465093564
Release Date: 2017-08-15
Genre: Social Science

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

Mrs Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Harcourt
ISBN: UOM:39015013962207
Release Date: 1925
Genre: Fiction

Emotions and thoughts of a woman, on the day she meets the man she loved, but did not marry.

Rebel Cities From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

Author: David Harvey
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844678822
Release Date: 2012-04-04
Genre: Political Science

Explores cities as the origin of revolutionary politics, where social and political issues are always at the surface, using examples from such cities as New York City and Mumbai to examine how they can be better ecologically reorganized.