Reconstructing Public Life in Exile
After an initial period of confusion and loss, the politicised actors were anxious to cast off their dependency and to carve out a new political space in exile. They did not intend to remain victims of history for long, but to transform their defeat into a new offensive. This chapter focuses on the way in which the politicised actors set about reconstructing their world in exile. It looks at their attempts to regain a level of collective identity by regrouping politically. As the most prominent participants in this endeavour are men, it is their experiences which are largely examined here. Women’s experiences of the public domain often differed from men’s and will be considered apart in the next chapter. Where, however, there is a degree of overlap, or women contribute to the discussion at hand, their experiences have been included here.
KeywordsTrade Union Manual Worker Public Life Political Life Political Commitment
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