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Subjectivity, de-industrialisation and regeneration in the south Wales valleys and beyond

Starts: 30 April 2012

Please note this event has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. As soon as a new date is confirmed it will be circulated.

Monday 30th April, 10.30am (for 11) - 6pm, Committee Rooms 1 and 2 (Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University) 

The loss of the industrial heritage in the valleys has created enormous and far-reaching consequences for the lives of industrial workers, their families and future generations. Of course, much ink has been spilled on the subject, but there are deep and far-ranging consequences for the lives of those made redundant as well as for generations who never knew industry. This seminar seeks to explore the complex social and psychic consequences of de-industrialisation by bringing together researchers from Cardiff University and beyond who have been working with a number of valleys communities on the complex consequences of the loss of industry.

This seminar will present this work and open up for discussion the central issue of history, present and future, in relation to appropriate mobilization of support for valleys and other de-industrialised communities now and in the future.

The seminar will be followed by a book launch (7pm), marking the publication of:

Gender, work and community after de-industrialisation

Gender, work and community after de-industrialisation by Valerie Walkerdine and Luis Jimenez (PalgraveMacmillan)

“This illuminating book leads its rapt readers to discover a deeply buried and greatly important truth for people in a small town in south Wales. For 200 years the town absorbed the insecurities of the market for iron and steel, until one day, the work of handling them left and with it the male honour based on such work and an identity based on that honour. Loss, collective grief, the unconscious passing down of grief from man to woman and from father to son – this is the story of life in one small town, and in the modern world at large. A brilliant book.” Arlie Hochschild

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