Academic journal article Labour/Le Travail

Introduction

Academic journal article Labour/Le Travail

Introduction

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FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1963, E.P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class is arguably the most influential book in the modern historiography of working-class studies. Indeed, Thompson's imaginative and impassioned approach to class formation has proven a presence animating historical writing and theoretical excursions in a variety of general subject areas and academic disciplines for decades. Its impact on the explosion of historical scholarship on the Canadian working class that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, and that formed a significant part of the intellectual context in which Labour/Le Travail has developed, is impossible to understate.

This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thompson's pioneering study. To mark this milestone, Labour/Le Travail has asked a number of scholars to provide thoughts on how they assess The Making of the English Working Class at the current juncture. Those asked to contribute constitute a mixture of Canadian and international scholars, those whose familiarity with Thompson's classic statement is longstanding and those for whom the decisiveness of the text is perhaps less obvious. …

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