TITLE

CHASING THE RAT: THE LANGUAGE OF BETRAYAL IN BRITAIN AND AUSTRALIA

AUTHOR(S)
Dickenson, Jacqueline
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Aug2003, Vol. 68 Issue 2, p163
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article provides a brief survey of the language of betrayal in radical groups and organizations. It compares and contrasts the ways in which radical groups have used the discourse surrounding acts of betrayal � both alleged and proven. The paper contributes to historiographical debate by seeking continuities and discontinuities in the language used by a variety of radical organizations including the Chartists, the Social Democratic Federation and the Independent Labour Party. It extends this debate by comparing these continuities and discontinuities with those in the Australian labour movement: notably at the Eureka rebellion, and in the Victorian labour movement and the Australian Labor Party. The pre-history of the term rat is also traced. The article concludes that there was both continuity and discontinuity in the language of betrayal employed in radical organizations. The language of betrayal reflected the language of the people, shifting as popular culture shifted, but drew, at the same time, on inherent themes of prostitution and faction. A significant theme in the broader issue of trust and distrust in radical organizations emerges: the role of the rat in facilitating change in the aims and agenda of a radical organization, and in uniting those members who remained.
ACCESSION #
10802551

 

Related Articles

  • Islam and Women. Weiner, Lauren // Policy Review;Oct/Nov2004, Issue 127, p49 

    Examines the radical reaction of Islamist to feminism, along with other related matters such as the participation of women in radical Islamist thought and political acts. Puritanical and misogynistic character of Islamism; Link between Islamism and feminism; Role of women's advocates in the...

  • Labour and Politics. Dyrenfurth, Nick // Labour History;May2011, Issue 100, p105 

    Labour-in-politics was once the most privileged genre of Australian labour history. Studies of the Australian Labor Party, together with biographies of the party's leading lights, dominated much of the Old Left-influenced scholarship until the late 1960s. From the 1970s onwards, however, the...

  • The making of the Catholic labour activist: The Catholic Social Guild and Catholic Workers' College, 1909-1939. Keating, Joan // Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter94, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p44 

    The article focuses on the Catholic labour activism in Great Britain. There is an absence of any serious consideration by labour historians of the role of Roman Catholics in the British labour movement. While a Catholic factor is often blithely cited as of relevance at various periods and...

  • WOMEN IN THE RUSSIAN RADICAL MOVEMENT. McNEAL, ROBERT H. // Journal of Social History;Winter71/72, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p143 

    The article discusses female participation in several radical movements in Russia with examples from as early as 1870. The author argues that the socialist view of female enslavement as an element of capitalism allowed for gender egalitarianism among revolutionaries. Integral to the Marxist...

  • Radicalism within the Context of Social Movements: Processes and Types. Snow, David A; Cross, Remy // Journal of Strategic Security;Nov2011, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p115 

    Drawing on work within the study of social movements and on conversion processes that is relevant to understanding radicalization, as well as on our own relevant research experiences and findings, especially on radicalism in right-wing and left-wing movements, we focus attention on the elements...

  • Counter-movement within the labor movement: Workers' education and the American Federation of... Barrow, Clyde W. // Social Science Journal;1990, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p395 

    Examines the historical developments and sudden collapse of the workers' education movement from 1900 to 1937. Workers' education as a component of early dissident strategies; Pattern of events leading to the demise of workers' education as an opposition movement; Piven and Cloward's theory of...

  • Mr Big, the Big Fella and the Split: Fault Lines in Bankstown's Labor Politics, 1955. Moore, Andrew // Labour History;Nov2008, Issue 95, p197 

    Rodney Cavalier has shown how useful micro local studies can be in shedding light on broader events such as the Labor Split of 1954-55. This returns to one of his case studies in south-west Sydney. The redoubtable figure of Raymond Fitzpatrick, newspaper proprietor and contractor of Bankstown is...

  • Postscript: The Significance of the Fisher Labor Government, 1910-13. Markey, Raymond // Labour History;May2012, Issue 102, p119 

    The authors of this thematic issue have substantially rescued the second Fisher-led Labor government of Australia from the relative neglect of labour historians, by acknowledging the significance and achievements of the first majority labour or social democratic national government in the world....

  • The Making of Labour Zionism as a Moral Community: Workers' Tribunals in 1920s Palestine. De Vries, David // Labour History Review;Summer2000, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p139 

    Discusses the evolution of workers' tribunals in Palestine during the 1920s. Development of the Jewish Labor Movement in eastern Europe over the three decades preceding the First World War; Establishment of the Histadrut as the executioner of the Zionist colonization movement; Labor-market...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sign out of this library

Other Topics