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COALMINING - LUDDISM

Coalmining & Luddism: Laurie Taylor explores the meaning of progress in a post industrial era.

Coalmining & Luddism: Laurie explores the meaning of progress, from the former pit villages of South Wales & Durham to contemporary high tech industry. He's joined by Huw Beynon, Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Cardiff, who charts the rise and fall of coalmining. What has happened to those communities in a post industrial era? Those who opposed the closure of the mines were often described as Luddites, trapped in a romanticised version of a lost world, but Gavin Mueller, a Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, suggests that Luddism may not always be regressive. His research provides an innovative rethinking of labour and machines & argues that improvement in people's working lives may depend on subverting or halting some technological changes. Thinking Allowed is produced in partnership with the Open University.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

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Mon 7 Jun 2021 00:15

Guests and Further Reading

Huw Beynon, Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University

The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain
(Verso)



Gavin Mueller, Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right About Why You Hate Your Job
(Verso)

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  • Wed 2 Jun 2021 16:00
  • Mon 7 Jun 2021 00:15

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