Andy’s main research interests focus on the multifaced impacts of deindustrialisation on working-class communities in Scotland, c.1980 to the present. In particular, his previous work has attempted to redress the male bias of extant research through considering the response of female manufacturing workers to proposed factory closure and subsequent redundancy. He has examined several instances of militant resistance by women workers to capital migration, framing these through a consideration of the key theoretical analyses applied to studies of redundant men, and also recognising the importance of the shop floor as a crucial site of class and feminine solidarity.
As well as responses to industrial decline at the point of plant closure, he is increasingly interested in the long-term impacts of deindustrialisation on those communities built up around manufacturing work which became ‘industrial deserts’ over a very short period. Themes within this include: changing identities in post-industrial societies; changing gender roles at work and in the home; the increase of precarity at work; deprivation and stigmatisation in “failed” communities; debates on regeneration and industrial ruination; organised crime and the ‘moral economy’.
Much of his work has utilised oral history methods, and he is a Research Associate with the Scottish Oral History Centre.
Research Keywords: deindustrialisation; oral history; mobilization theory; organised crime; moral economy; redundancy; trade unions
List of relevant publications:
Clark, A (2017) ‘Voices of social dislocation, lost work and economic restructuring: Narratives from marginalised localities in the ‘New Scotland’’ (with Ewan Gibbs). (forthcoming).
Clark, A (2016) ‘‘They were almost stealing our identity and taking it to Ireland’: Deindustrialization, Gender, and Resistance in Scotland’. In Steve High, Lachlan MacKinnon and Andrew Perchard (ed.), The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Post-Industrial Places Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, (forthcoming).
Clark, A (2015) ‘Collaborating with schools: challenges and opportunities for oral historians’. Oral History, Vol. 43, pp. 107-115
Clark, A (2013) ‘And the next thing the chairs barricaded the door’: The Lee Jeans factory occupation, trade unionism and gender in Scotland in the 1980s. Scottish Labour History, Vol. 48, pp. 116-134.