Britain, United States and Australia : some comparative reflections

Belchem, John
December 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
This article reports on the summary of the paper Britain, United States and Australia: Some Comparative Reflections, presented at Irish in British History conference held on March 12, 1992 in Liverpool, England. For the Liverpool-Irish, sectarian and ethnic associational culture offered identity, pride and protection to workers without access to exclusive or institutionalised forms of class-based organised labour. For the Catholic Irish this cultural provision was fostered first in the pub, later by the parish. Building upon their ethnic networks, Irish-Americans constructed a labour movement which was essentially instrumental, offering protection against the vicissitudes of industrial America, an approach endorsed by Irish-American women, numerically preponderant by the late nineteenth century.


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