Preventing ‘robotised women workers’: women, sport and the workplace in Scotland 1919–1939

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    Abstract

    This article examines a new area of women's leisure; women's participation in work-related sport. The growth and development of industrial welfare in Scotland in the interwar period will be discussed. Within broader studies, Stephen Jones, Helen Jones and Melling have all indicated that there was a growth in industrial welfarism in Britain from the turn of the twentieth century. This development of welfarism, which included provision of educational classes, pensions and medical support, increasingly also encompassed a variety of sports and physical activities. By looking at case studies, developments in provision across a range of industries will be examined. This discussion will draw on a wide range of sources from a variety of women's employment, from factories to clerical positions and from the retail sector to the civil service. This article will examine the types of sporting opportunities open to women through their workplaces, including organised welfare schemes and independent employee-led activities. Moreover, it will explore working women's experiences of these activities and the ways in which they chose to participate in sport.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)594-607
    Number of pages14
    JournalLabor History
    Volume55
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • women's history
    • Scotland
    • workplace
    • work-related sport
    • interwar period

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