An Irish Working Class: Explorations in Political Economy and Hegemony, 1800-1950

Marilyn Silverman

© 2006

In An Irish Working Class, Marilyn Silverman explores the dynamics of capitalism, colonialism, and state formation through an examination of the political economy and culture of those who contributed their labour. Stemming from the author's academic research on Ireland for over two decades, the book combines archival data, interviews, and participant observation to create a unique and intricate study of labourers' lives in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, between 1800 and 1950. Political anthropology, Gramscian approaches to hegemony, and the work of social historians on class experience all inform Silverman's perspective in this volume.

Silverman explores the complex and changing consciousness, politics, and social relations of a cross-section of workers. These workers were employed in the mills, tanneries, artisanal shops, and retail outlets, and on the landed estates, farms, and public works projects which typified this highly differentiated locality. In constructing the social history of workers in a particular place over time, An Irish Working Class makes an important contribution to Irish Studies, European historical ethnography, and the anthropology of working-class life.

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  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.5in x 9.0in
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In An Irish Working Class, Marilyn Silverman explores the dynamics of capitalism, colonialism, and state formation through an examination of the political economy and culture of those who contributed their labour.

An Irish Working Class: Explorations in Political Economy and Hegemony, 1800-1950

Marilyn Silverman

© 2006

In An Irish Working Class, Marilyn Silverman explores the dynamics of capitalism, colonialism, and state formation through an examination of the political economy and culture of those who contributed their labour. Stemming from the author's academic research on Ireland for over two decades, the book combines archival data, interviews, and participant observation to create a unique and intricate study of labourers' lives in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, between 1800 and 1950. Political anthropology, Gramscian approaches to hegemony, and the work of social historians on class experience all inform Silverman's perspective in this volume.

Silverman explores the complex and changing consciousness, politics, and social relations of a cross-section of workers. These workers were employed in the mills, tanneries, artisanal shops, and retail outlets, and on the landed estates, farms, and public works projects which typified this highly differentiated locality. In constructing the social history of workers in a particular place over time, An Irish Working Class makes an important contribution to Irish Studies, European historical ethnography, and the anthropology of working-class life.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ...the integrity of her fieldwork is beyond question.

    The structure and clarity of the book make it available to students at all levels


    Joan Vincent
    Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

    A Labouring Experience makes a significant contribution...on several levels: theoretical, methodological and empirical.

    Locals in the region will no doubt find the book fascinating, but so will any reader interested in comparative and theoretical problems and questions in 19th century European history.


    Marilyn Cohen
    Department of Anthropology, Montclair State University
  • Author Information

    Marilyn Silverman is Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University.

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