The Women and Men of 1926
A Gender and Social History of the General Strike and Miners' Lockout in South Wales
Distributed for University of Wales Press
In The Women and Men of 1926 Sue Bruley recounts the social history of the mining communities in south Wales during the 1926 lockout. Relying on hitherto unpublished oral testimony as well as other archival material, Bruley investigates how households coped with the lockout and assesses the impact that it had on gender relations. Individual chapters consider topics such as school canteens, miners’ lodges, recreational activities, picketing, and politics.
“Bruley has written a significant work that builds on a 'new mining history' that seeks to move beyond the parameters of leaders, organizations, and national perspectives. Overall,the book is a moving and impressive analytical study of coalfield society in a period of intense industrial conflict.”