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Dundee and the Empire'Juteopolis' 1850-1939$
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Jim Tomlinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686148

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686148.001.0001

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The Workers' Response

The Workers' Response

(p.60) Chapter 4 The Workers' Response
Dundee and the Empire

Jim Tomlinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the response of workers in Dundee's jute industry to the competition between India and the Scottish city, dubbed Juteopolis, in the area of jute production during the British imperial period. In the nineteenth century, Dundee's population was overwhelmingly dominated by the industrial working class. In analysing Dundee workers' responses, the chapter uses Mike Savage's threefold division of responses to insecurity as a framing device: ‘mutualist’, which seek to reduce the degree of reliance on wage labour; ‘economistic’, which seek to ensure job security; and ‘statist’, which seek to get the state to ensure measures of security. It also considers the impact of gender on workers' responses; Dundee's jute industry was exceptional in its level of employment of women, including married women. More specifically, it assesses the extent to which gender shaped the world of Victorian and Edwardian working-class Dundee, including the implications, if any, for how empire was responded to.

Keywords:   jute industry workers, Dundee, competition, India, working class, wage labour, job security, gender, women

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