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Prof. Huw Beynon

huw beynon.jpgRole: Emeritus Professor, WISERD Director 2008 - 2010

Institution: Cardiff University

Telephone: 02920 879338

Research Interests

Main theoretical interests relate to sociology and organisational change with particular reference to occupational change and issues of regional regeneration.

Main substantive research interests relate to:

  • Questions of labour organization, forms of social solidarity; individualism and collectivism; trade unionism; labour politics.
  • Questions raised by "globalisation", de-industrialisation and post-industrial societies and regions especially issues raised in programmes of "regeneration".
  • Historical sociology and the use of biographical methods in relation to issues of labour organisation and social class.
  • Environmental questions and changing patterns of social protest

Click here to view Huw’s official Cardiff University bio page.

Selected Publications

Beynon, H, 2016, “Beyond Fordism” in S. Edgell, H. Gottfried and E. Granter (eds)  The Sage Handbook of the Sociology and Work and Employment, 2016 Sage, pp.306-328

Beynon, H, 2016, Book Review Symposium on Working for Ford – “a Response”,  Work Employment and Society, 30(1) pp181-191

Beynon, H, 2015, “The Performance of Power: Sam Watson and Miners ‘ Leader on Many Stages”  (with Terry Austrin) Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol 28 Issue 4 pp 458-490

Beynon, H, 2015, “When all Hell Breaks Loose: Striking on the British Coalfields 1984-85” in M. Dawson, B. Fowler, D. Miller and A. Smith (eds) Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge, Palgrave Macmillan, pp 65-82

Beynon, H, Austrin, T., 2014, "The  Performance of Power: Sam Watson a Miners' Leader on many Stages",  Journal of Historical Sociology

Beynon, H 2014, "'Still too Much Socialism in Britain' ; The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher", Industrial Relations Journal

Beynon H, Davies R, Davies S, 2012, ‘Sources of variation in trade union membership across the UK: the case of Wales’ Industrial Relations Journal 43(3) pp 200-221

Beynon H, 2010, 'O Paradoxo Inglaterra' in F Limoncic and F C P Martinho (eds) O Grande Depressao: Politica e Economia na decade de 1930, Civilazacao Brasileira pp 277-304 (Available here)

Beynon H, 2009, 'Twenty Five Years On: Life on the Coalfields of Durham and South Wales' in  G Williams (ed) Shafted: The Media, The Miners’ strike and the Aftermath, CPBF pp 145-155 (Available here)

Beynon H, 2008, 'Issues of Class, Ethnicity and Migration in a London Borough' in SAGERace Relations Abstracts Vol 32 (3) pp 30-43

Beynon H, Quilley S, 2006, 'The Guernsey Tom: The Rise and Fall of an island Economy' Food and History 3(2) pp 151-196 (Available here)





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