Research title: The Co-operative Movement in Scotland After 1945
My research examines the Co-operative Movement in Scotland after 1945 in its facets as an economic force, political actor, and social movement. From forming an essential component of working-class political and material culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Co-operative Movement appeared to become a casualty of economic and social change from the mid-1950s onwards. The difficulties encountered by the movement will not be considered in isolation but instead examined in relation to post-war societal change, with particular emphasis placed on how the movement related to and was influenced by changing consumer patterns, the disintegration of traditional working-class communities, and deindustrialisation.
Scottish Graduate School for Social Science, 2017, 1+3 Studentship Award