Disability in industrial Britain: A cultural and literary history of impairment in the coal industry, 1880-1948
Mike Mantin, Steven Thompson, Kirsti Bohata, Alexandra Jones
Series: Disability History
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press; (March 17, 2020)
Coalmining was a notoriously dangerous industry and many of its workers experienced injury and disease. However, the experiences of the many disabled people within Britain’s most dangerous industry have gone largely unrecognised by historians. This book looks at British coal through the lens of disability, using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the lives of disabled miners and their families.
A diverse range of sources are used to examine the economic, social, political and cultural impact of disability in the coal industry, looking beyond formal coal company and union records to include autobiographies, novels and existing oral testimony. It argues that, far from being excluded entirely from British industry, disability and disabled people were central to its development. The book will appeal to students and academics interested in disability history, disability studies, social and cultural history and representations of disability in literature.