2019-10-29Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/21498
Back to the factory: the continuing salience of industrial workplace history
Factories remain significant sites of employment, crucial to capitalism. In the twentieth century, scholars registered achievements in documenting their history, but since the late 1980s, and for a generation, the field lost impetus within labour history although insights continued to accumulate through work in adjacent disciplines. The factory has not featured on the agenda of ‘transnational’ and ‘global’ labour history, but we suggest that it can and should contribute to that broader global project, reinvigorating labour history, not least by contributing a dimension close to workers’ everyday experience.
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This article was supported by the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.