Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Work in a Time of Plenty: Narratives of Men’s Work in Post-War Australia

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2005), 88, (1), 215–231.

Abstract

The recollections of elderly men of work in a time of full employment are the focus of this paper. It is based on in-depth qualitative interviews with men who were young parents in the mid-1950s. Drawing on literature about masculinity, post-war Fordism and the constitution of self-identity through narrative, it explores their themes of how central security was to their identity as providers, and examines what satisfactions they got from working. The narrative bookends of their experience are strong memories of their parents in the Depression, and acute awareness of the contemporary insecurity of their children and grandchildren.

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Murphy, John

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