Job Skill, Manliness and Working Relationships in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I

TitleJob Skill, Manliness and Working Relationships in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWise, Nathan
JournalLabour History
Issue106
Start Page99
Pagination99-122
Date Published05/2014
Abstract

Historical analyses of soldiers in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War I have focused overwhelmingly on combat experiences, the environment of the trenches, and the sense of “mateship” that developed between soldiers. In recent years, labour and cultural historians have begun to approach this environment in new ways, and their work is uncovering a hitherto unseen side of the Australian experience of war. This article continues this recent trend by considering the army as a workplace, and exploring the link between job skill, perceptions of manliness, and workplace relationships in the AIF during World War I. In particular, it will explore two common beliefs that linked work and manliness together in different ways, and consider how those beliefs contributed towards tension and conflict between soldiers of the AIF during World War I.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5263/labourhistory.106.0099
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