(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Space of Discipline and Governmentality: The Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Clydebank, in the Twentieth Century

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Newbery James (1) ;
(1) Downing College, University of Cambridge


This paper examines work at the Singer factory, Clydebank, in the first half of the twentieth century. It employs a geographical reading of the temporal and spatial strategies of worker control in the factory. Using both archival and oral history data to critique commonly accepted understandings of factory work, I argue that although the factory space can be read as disciplinary, this must not obscure the resistive spatial and social strategies employed by workers. I draw on Foucault's ideas of discipline and governmentality but also consider the arguments of commentators analysing the modern work space and the ways in which the worker may evade and display ambivalence towards discourses aimed at them.


Article of periodic

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 129, no1 [pp. 15-35]
Published in 20130301



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/14702541.2012.738824

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