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Miners' bodies and masculine identity in Britain, c.1900-1950

Ward, Stephanie 2021. Miners' bodies and masculine identity in Britain, c.1900-1950. Cultural and Social History 18 (3) , pp. 443-462. 10.1080/14780038.2020.1824599
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The image of the muscular manly mineworker was culturally prevalent in the first half of the twentieth century, and the trope of the hypermasculinity of miners has persisted in popular and scholarly representations. How bodies formed part of the construction of miners’ masculine identities is a crucial but overlooked aspect. This article explores miners’ embodied masculinity at different moments of the lifecycle and within the spaces of home, work, and wider community. It argues for the importance of the muscular body to constructions of masculinity amongst miners and suggests the deeper meanings of this within a wider cultural context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1478-0038
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 11 September 2020
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 11:49

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