TITLE

DANGEROUS WORK, HARD MEN AND BROKEN BODIES: MASCULINITY IN THE CLYDESIDE HEAVY INDUSTRIES, c. 1930-1970s

AUTHOR(S)
Johnston, Ronnie; McIvor, Arthur
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Aug2004, Vol. 69 Issue 2, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this article we use oral testimony to explore the nature of masculinities in the Clydeside heavy industries in the period c. 1930 to the 1970s, examining how working in such tough and hazardous occupations as coal mining, the iron and steel works and shipbuilding nurtured and reinforced masculine identities, especially that of the Glaswegian 'hard man'. We also investigate the impact such work had upon male workers' bodies, commenting upon the interface between capitalist exploitation and 'machismo' behavior in the workplace. It is argued here that this competitive, risk-taking workplace culture was capable of destroying health and earning capacity, thus eroding the essence of provider masculinity. At its extreme, this was emasculating, just as other expressions of virility and 'machismo' were, notably heavy drinking and smoking.
ACCESSION #
14304505

 

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