By Hester Barron
The miners' lockout of 1926 used to be a pivotal second in British twentieth-century historical past. establishing with the heady days of the overall strike, it endured for seven months and affected 1000000 miners. In County Durham, the place virtually 3 in each ten grownup males labored within the coal undefined, its effect was once profound.
Hester Barron explores the way in which that the lockout was once skilled via Durham's miners and their households. She investigates collective values and behaviour, focusing relatively at the tensions among identities established round category and career, and the rival identities which may reduce around the construction of a cohesive neighborhood. Highlighting the ongoing significance of transformations as a result of gender, age, faith, poverty, and person hopes and aspirations, she however unearths that during 1926, regardless of such ameliorations, the Durham coalfield persisted to reveal the cohesion for which miners have been famed.
In reaction, Barron argues that the very inspiration of the "mining neighborhood" should be reassessed. instead of together with an homogeneous occupational identification, she means that the essence of group lay in its skill to subsume and combine different different types of identification. A collective awareness was once extra grounded in a shared old narrative that needed to be constantly strengthened.
It was once the energy of such neighborhood solidarities that enabled either an exemplary nearby reaction to the strike, and the facility to conceptualize such motion in the wider framework of the nationwide union. The 1926 Miners' Lockout provides an important insights into problems with collective id and collective motion, illuminating wider debates approximately cohesion and fragmentation inside of working-class groups and cultures.