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Comrade: Bill Andersen: A Communist, Working-Class Life

Comrade: Bill Andersen: A Communist, Working-Class Life (Paperback)

By Locke, Cybele

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    7 Nov 22

Bill Andersen was one of the most significant figures in New Zealand's trade union movement in the later twentieth century. Cybele Locke's biography recovers the relationships between communism and working class trade unionism during World War Two and the following decades. Start...ing with Bill's experiences as a merchant seaman during World War Two, Locke draws on over forty oral interviews, as well as Bill's unpublished autobiography, to explore what it meant to be a working class, communist trade unionist through those years. As a history centred on biography, Comrade: Bill Andersen: A Communist, Working-Class Life tells a riveting story of labour activism and social change. The post-war splintering of the world communist movement fractured New Zealand communists; in the 1970s, the Northern Drivers' Union emerged as a powerful social movement; and Maori land rights and sovereignty activism reframed radicalism through the last decades of the century. The impact of neo-liberalism on trade unions in the late 1980s and 1990s is starkly shown. The histories of working people, of organised labour, and of left-wing movements are too little told in Aotearoa New Zealand. Writing with insight and empathy, Cybele Locke has provided a highly readable account of a communist union leader navigating the social and political turmoil of the twentieth century.
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ISBN 9781988587899
Published NZ 7 Nov 2022
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Format Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781988587899
Stock Release date is 7 November 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
Published 7 Nov 2022
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Locke, Cybele
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Political Activism
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade