Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Politics of Work

The Politics of Work
Gender and Labour in Victoria, 1880–1939

$52.95 (G)

Part of Studies in Australian History

  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521457729

$ 52.95 (G)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • The Politics of Work is concerned with the complex relationship between economic and technological change, the nature of sexual division in the workforce, and the role of union, employer and state activists. It carefully traces the impact of all of these factors on wage levels for men and women. The treatment of these themes touches on wide historical issues, as we follow the fortunes of Victorian manufacturing and consider the political strategies of the trade unions of the time and the state's response to them. The study is also an important piece of social history, evoking the nature of work for many Australians of the period.

    • Raelene Frances has published widely in the fields of women's history
    • An important study of changes in the work process and the role gender has in it
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "The data base is impressive in terms of its extent and its blend of quantitative and non-quantitative material, revealing an immense amount of hands-on work. Even more impressive is the way the author comes to grips with it. She promises, and achieves, a multi-faceted explanation of change in the labour process, encompassing the interaction between product and labour markets, technological advances, supply of capital, state interventions and racial and gender orders." Alison Turtle, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

    "...does much to explain how 'skill' has been gendered historically and how women have come to occupy an inferior position in the capitalist labour market." Christina Burr, Labor History

    "Frances' examination of three industries--clothing, boot-making and printing--is both thought-provoking and readable....[S]he is very persuasive in tracing the effects, which often are shown to be unpredictable or counter-productive, of technology and government intervention upon the conditions of work." Thomas E. Tausky, Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada

    "She ably demonstrates the importance of perceiving uneven developement with regard to gender and labor and of avoiding monocausal explanations of both change and the maintenance of the status quo....Frances's book makes a useful contribution to a more nuanced understanding of women's labor history." Judith Allen, American Historical Review

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521457729
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Before the Wages Boards: Introduction
    1. 'The advent of machines and women': the clothing industries 1880–1896
    2. 'An age of grim adversity': the boot industry 1880–1896
    3. Drawing the line: the printing industries 1880–1900
    Part II. The Wages Board Era: Introduction
    4. 'No more Amazons': the clothing industries, 1897–1919
    5. The workers baffled: the boot industry, 1897–1910
    6. Educating the girls: the printing industries, 1901–1925
    Part III. The Era of Federal Wage Fixing: Introduction
    7. Diplomacy and guerilla warfare: the clothing industries, 1919–1939
    8. The Cinderella of the skilled trades: the boot industry, 1911–1939
    9. Marginal matters: the printing industry, 1925–1937

  • Author

    Raelene Frances, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.