The Skilled Compositor, 1850-1914: An Aristocrat Among Working Men
Drawing on a wide range of source material from trade society minutes to Parliamentary Papers, the author explores the diversity of experience that compositors had in the workplace and the uneven patterns of change that the trade experienced. The study throws light on some of the issues raised by these changes: what part did ancient craft traditions play in the maintenance of control in the workplace? Why were women excluded from this particular work when they were accepted in most other parts of the trade? To what extent did trade society officials represent the aspirations of rank and file membership?
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The nature and development of the printing trade
The status of the compositor in the hierarchy of labour
Workplace control and issues of gender
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The Skilled Compositor, 1850–1914: An Aristocrat Among Working Men
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