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Work Identity at the End of the Line? : Privatisation and Culture Change in the UK Rail Industry - Prof. Tim Strangleman

Work Identity at the End of the Line?

Privatisation and Culture Change in the UK Rail Industry

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9781403939807
Number Of Pages: 204

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Work Identity at the End of the Line? tells the story of workplace culture and identity in the railway industry before during and after privatization in the mid 1990s. It combines rich interview material from workers and managers involved in the privatisation process with a fascinating background detail of nationalization. The book will be of interest to sociologists, cultural and economic historians as well as those studying culture change in business. MARKET 1: Academics, Researchers and Libraries in Universities and Business and Management Schools, especially in courses on public sector management, and the management of change; Policy makers in the public sector and those interested in privatization

Shortlisted for the British Sociology Association's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2005



'This is an outstanding analysis of changing work cultures in the railway industry. In developing his arguments, Strangleman draws on the best traditions within the sociology of work and occupations, but also utilises a remarkable range of contemporary cultural and organisational theory, and above all puts the voice and feelings of the railway workers themselves centre stage. This will be a benchmark work for understanding the changing nature of work in contemporary Britain.' - Mike Savage, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester



'Written in a lean, accessible style, Work Identity at the End of the Line? moves effortlessly from the big picture of British national politics and multinational corporate philosophy to the man in the shed whose commitment to the work and his workmates is both destructive of corporate policy and somehow gets the job done. At once a cautionary tale about the perils of privatization and a sociological paean to the stubborn resilience of both blue- and white-collar agency, the book is industrial sociology that understands that workers matter, not just for ethical or humanitarian reasons but because their social ingenuity is what makes our world work as well as it does.' - Jack Metzgar, Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University Chicago, Author of Striking Steel



'The rail industry is a salutary lesson to those who go into the process [of privatisation and restructuring] without sufficient recognition of the value of the past and this book is a warning to them to tread carefully before breaking up a culture simply because they do not understand it.' - Christian Wolmar is author of Broken Rails: how privatisation wrecked Britain's railways, and Down the Tube: the battle for London's Underground, both published by Aurum

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Acronymsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Forewordp. xiv
From Nationalisation to Privatisationp. 1
Creating Railway Culture, 1830-1947p. 14
On Behalf of the People: Managing a Nationalised Railway from Attlee to Thatcher, 1948-79p. 43
A Seat at the Table? Working for the Nationalised Railway, 1948-79p. 67
Back to the Future? Railway Commercialisation and Privatisation, 1979-2001p. 104
A Brave New World: Working for a Privatised Railway, 1979-2001p. 134
Nostalgia for Nationalisation?p. 164
Notesp. 178
Referencesp. 180
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9781403939807
ISBN-10: 1403939802
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.48  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1