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United by the Struggle? Did women's involvment in the 1984-5 miners' strike have a lasting impact on the role of women in former mining communities?

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United by the Struggle? Did women’s involvement in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike have a lasting impact on the role of women in former mining communities? PO53014A: Dissertation Anya Reevell Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Politics April 2014 i Abstract United by the Struggle? Did women’s involvement in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike have a lasting impact on the role of women in former mining communities? PO53014A: Dissertation Student ID: 33267899 Go
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    United by the Struggle? Did women’s involvement in the 1984 -5 Miners’ Strike have a lasting impact on the role of women in former mining communities? PO53014A: Dissertation Anya Reevell Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Politics April 2014     i   Abstract United by the Struggle? Did women’s involvement in the 1984 -5 Miners’ Strike have a lasting impact on the role of women in former mining communities? PO53014A: Dissertation Student ID: 33267899 Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Politics April 2014 This paper set out to assess whether women’s involvement in the 1984 - 5 British Miners’ Strike had a lasting impact on their roles within former mining communities. It evaluated the research based in one former mining community and investigated whether the opportunities for women afforded by the strike had endured the thirty years that had passed. The aims of this paper w ere to examine women’s roles within the strike in order to compare gender relations before and afterwards, and to examine their interpretations of the effect of the strike on their roles within the community. The aims were addressed through a qualitative methodological approach and a broadly interpretivist paradigm. In addition, the data was gathered through semi-structured interviews with four women who had knowledge of the strike and mining communities. The paper explored key consensuses and contradictions within previous literature and used the data gathered to clarify questions that emerged. The  paper concludes that women’s roles in the community were certainly altered as a direct effect of the strike. They gained a new consciousness and men and women participated in a more equal division of roles.  ii   Acknowledgements I would firstly like to thank the four women who agreed to give up their time to participate in this research. Their knowledge, their experience, and their strength in the face of an attack on their community has been inspiring. I would also like to thank my dissertation supervisor, Dr. Simon Griffiths, for trusting me to set out on this project despite it seeming rather ambitious. I am also especially grateful to everyone who has encouraged me (even if it did border on harassment) to continue writing, as well as everyone who pointed me towards useful articles and literature. They know who they are. Thank you.
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