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The 1926 Miners' LockoutMeanings of Community in the Durham Coalfield$
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Hester Barron

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575046

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575046.001.0001

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The Attitudes of Women

The Attitudes of Women

(p.138) 3 The Attitudes of Women
The 1926 Miners' Lockout

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This chapter analyses the conflicting images of coalfield women that pervade both contemporary and later accounts, whether as anti‐communitarian strike‐breakers, coalfield heroines, or simply innocent victims; positions that echoed the ambiguous position that women were accustomed to occupying within the pit villages. During the lockout, the rhetoric of the strikers demanded that every member of the pit village be mobilized behind the trade‐union banner, yet women were also required to continue to fulfil their domestic role within a patriarchal structure. The chapter explores these contradictions and identifies the different strands of female involvement during the strike. It goes beyond stereotypes to establish a more nuanced understanding of the relationship of mining women to such traditionally male institutions as the union and the Labour Party, and their attitudes to strike action itself.

Keywords:   women, Labour Party, strike, lockout, blacklegs, strike‐breakers

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