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Closing Moulinex: thoughts on the visibility and invisibilty of industrial labour in contemporary France

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This article explores some of the ways in which deindustrialisation and factory closures are figured in contemporary French cultural production. In doing so, it reflects on the visibility and invisibility of industrial workers and their work in representations of the social world. Having noted a significant preoccupation with these issues in French cultural production since the 1990s, the discussion focuses particularly on the closure of the well-known domestic appliance company, Moulinex, in September 2001. It contrasts the dominant media discourse on industrial closures with the literary narrative offered by Franck Magloire (son of a Moulinex worker) in Ouvrière (2003).

Cet article considère certains aspects de la représentation de la désindustrialisation et des fermetures d'usine dans la production culturelle française contemporaine. Il présente ainsi une réflexion sur la visibilité et l'invisibilité des ouvriers et du travail industriel dans la représentation du monde social. Partant du constat que ces questions constituent une préoccupation importante dans la production culturelle française depuis les années 1990, l'analyse est centrée plus particulièrement sur le cas de la fermeture du célèbre fabricant du petit électroménager, Moulinex, en Septembre 2001. Elle fait ressortir le contraste entre le discours médiatique dominant sur les fermetures industrielles et le récit littéraire proposé par Franck Magloire (fils d'une ouvrière de Moulinex) dans Ouvrière (2003).

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Clarke, Jackie (2011) Closing Moulinex: thoughts on the visibility and invisibilty of industrial labour in contemporary France [in special issue: Figurations of Work in Post-Fordist France] Modern & Contemporary France, 19, (4), pp. 443-458. (doi:10.1080/09639489.2011.610164).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 9 November 2011
Published date: November 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 171015
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/171015
ISSN: 0963-9489
PURE UUID: 28fcb615-2897-45d0-ba15-5b63480fadbc

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2011 09:04
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:16

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Author: Jackie Clarke

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