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Title: Labour movements in a post-material world : a study into the continued relevance of labour movements in contemporary advanced industrial societies
Author: Duke, Gary Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2691 9509
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2010
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This PhD Research examines the basic precept of postindustrial/ post-materialist theory, exploring the relationship that labour movements have historically played in shaping contentious politics as well as exploring the wider organizational framework upon which much of socially organized contention is arrayed today. Chapter one will seek to provide the context within which the debates of social movement and post-materialist theories are conducted today. Chapter two will take a more considered historical overview of labour or proletarian movements looking at the ways and means by which labour movements became concretized in society. Chapter three explores specific historical events that have been driven principally by working class dissent in order to determine what values and ideals drove these movements. Chapter four looks at specific examples of supervalue- laden labour movement activity in the 20th century. Chapter five investigates labour movement activities under the most extreme forms of dictatorships in order to ascertain their primary motivations. Chapter six analyses some of the material and theoretical problems for the greater development of postmaterialist values within the wider labour movements. This thesis concludes with an overall assessment of the significance and utility of labour movements in the 21st century.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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