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Author Robertson, Nicole
Title The Co-Operative Movement and Communities in Britain, 1914-1960 : Minding Their Own Business
Imprint Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group, 2010
©2010
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (231 pages)
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Series Studies in Labour History
Studies in Labour History
Note Cover -- Half Title -- Dedication -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- General Editor's Preface -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- 1 The Co-operative Movement in Britain -- 2 Co-operative Retail Societies and the Community -- 3 The Ideology behind the Shop Front -- 4 The Social-Cultural Milieu of the Co-operative Movement -- 5 'We seek to provide food for the mind': the Educational Work of Co-operative Societies -- 6 Protecting the Consumer -- 7 The Co-operative Movement and Political Action -- 8 Workers and Consumers in Partnership? The Co-operative Movement as an Employer of Labour -- 9 Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
The co-operative movement has played a notable role in the retail, wholesale, productive, political, educational and cultural life of Britain. As a movement it has consciously represented consumer interests and has carried out work in the arena of consumer protection. However, its study has suffered relative neglect when compared to research into the Labour Party, trade unions and the wider politics of retail and consumption. This book reassesses the impact of the co-operative movement on various communities in Britain during the period 1914-1960, providing a comprehensive account of the grass roots influence of co-operatives during both war and peace. This is a national study with a local dimension. It considers how national directives and perspectives were locally applied, if indeed they were applicable within the context of individual societies. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the co-operative movement by examining various societies in England, Scotland and Wales. Particular attention is paid to the midlands, due to the movement's expansion here during the interwar period, with consideration also given to comparative developments in Europe. The author explores: the movement's relationship with other labour organizations; its cultural and social aspects (including the role sport played in co-operative societies); the politicization of the movement and local response to the formation of the Co-operative Party; the education of co-operators; what co-operative membership entailed and how co-operative ideology was expressed; the economic impact membership could have on families (including the provision of financial assistance and credit); and the co-operative movement's development alongside consumer activism. The book is a major national study of the growth of Co-operation during this crucial period of British social, economic and
consumer history. Given the few modern scholarly works on Co-operation, it is a timely and much needed reassessment
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Robertson, Nicole The Co-Operative Movement and Communities in Britain, 1914-1960 : Minding Their Own Business Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group,c2010 9780754660576
Subject Cooperative societies -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.;Consumers -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.;Community life -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.;Community development -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
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Alt Author Chase, Dr. Malcolm
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