Australian working class political history: towards a reassessment

Strauss, Jonathan (2007) Australian working class political history: towards a reassessment. In: Proceedings of the Tenth National Labour History Conference: labour traditions. pp. 198-201. From: Tenth National Labour History Conference, 4-6 July 2007, Melbourne, Australia.

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Historical argument about the nature of politics in the Australian working class appears to have resulted in exhaustion and contemporary silence. This paper will, in summary form, consider the relevance to the issue of: Australia as a site of the accumulation of the surplus profits of monopolising capitals from the latter half of the 19th century onwards; the historical development of a system of graduated concessions in the conditions of the class struggle from capital to various strata of the working class; and the domination of politics in the working class by the concerns of the strata of the working class relatively privileged by that system, and opposition to this.

Item ID: 19255
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISBN: 978-0-9803883-1-2
Keywords: social democracy; class; party
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 01:50
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940202 Electoral Systems @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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