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Masters and Servants: Class and Patronage in the Making of a Labour Organisation

Beynon, H; Austrin, T

This is an historical account by two sociologists of life in the mining communities of North East England, and of the formation and organisation of the Durham Miners' Associate.  It shows how the paternalist relations of landowners and their bonded servants gave character to the organisation and politics of this strongly Methodist trade union and thence to the British Labour Party.

The authors document the daily lives of the miners, the travails of the women, and details of interviews and contemporary documents, they successfully integrate this history of mining unionism with a study of mining labour and mining communities and societies.

Masters and Servants: Class and Patronage in the Making of a Labour Organisation, Rivers Oram Press, xvii + 403, (1994), ISBN 1-85489-000-X




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'Informative, unusual ... an interesting tale of Durham's "pre-capitalist" mine-owning aristocracy'

The Times Higher Education Supplement