By Lynn Abrams; Callum G Brown
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His study of Dugald Semple, Sheena Govan and R. D. Laing explores the ways in which the everyday culture of Presbyterianism was challenged at the level of the individual, and the disturbing effects this had. It also shows how, in the case of Govan, Scottish society reacted (in the form of press demonisation) and, in the case of Laing, how professional peers reacted to the apparent maverick and free thinker. The breakdown in Scottish Presbyterian polity is shown in its intimate and disquieting agonies upon the individual.
The negotiation away from the everyday identity Scots (presbyterians) carried around in their heads until mid-century could be complex and tortuous. Meanwhile, in the other chapters, oral testimony is called upon freely to provide a sense of the forces behind changes to everyday life and rituals, and to the reactions to those changes. In his study of work, Arthur McIvor deploys evidence from different industries in various parts of Scotland to show how the meanings of labour changed between 1900 and 2000, and how, though trade unions might rise and fall in popularity, the workplace remained a site of contest and alienation.
1901 Food, drink and tobacco Construction Domestic and personal services Transport and communications Source: 27 1911 152,119 158,746 1921 56,459 1931 45,688 1951 39,151 1961 82,980 136,639 106,539 65,336 64,712 102,117 174,050 201,230 201,066 199,887 238,629 192,121 204,870 163,202 177,731 180,959 195,486 184,175 176,010 Decennial censuses, occupational volumes, 1901–31, 1951 and 1961. 6 Paid women workers as a proportion of the workforce in Scotland, 1901– 2001. 5 population* * The definition changed in 1961 to ‘economically active’, in 1971 and 1981 to ‘in employment’, and in 1991 and 2001 back to ‘economically active’.
A history of everyday life in twentieth-century Scotland by Lynn Abrams; Callum G Brown