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Archaeology and History

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Professor Joseph Melling

BSc (Bradford), PhD (Glasgow)

Emeritus Professor

j.l.melling@exeter.ac.uk


Overview

My research interests are the history of work, including masculinity and management in the workplace, as well as the history of health and illness at work and in society more generally. These research interests include the social and cultural history of insanity, health and illness in the dusty occupations, and the gender differences in the identification and treatment of ill health. Secondary research interests include the growth of white collar employment and trade unionism, including its impact on Labour politics during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Research

The development of business welfare and the impact of private company provisions on the evolution of state welfare provision since 1880; Popular and Labour politics in different parts of Britain; the growth of new forms of management in the last century; policies to raise labour productivity at the workplace; different forms of labour management in Britain and other countries, particularly supervisory management and workplace supervision; institutionalisation of the insane in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

I received Wellcome Trust funding for my research project on 'Mental Health and Institutional Care in the Twentieth Century' in 2009, and I am a member of the Peer Review College of the ESRC. 

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Supervision

  • History of health, illness and welfare
  • History of insanity and mental illness
  • History of labour and management at work including masculinity
  • White collar trade unionism and labour politics
  • Richard Acland and Common Wealth

Research students

  • Mary Hilson: the history of dockyard labour and gender in Plymouth
  • Mark Bufton, Productivity Politics in modern Britain
  • Pamela Dale, Mental deficiency and the Idiot Asylum at Starcross
  • Mike Anson, Railway labour in Swindon
  • David Pearce, The Exe Vale Mental Hospital in the Twentieth Century

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Publications

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| To Appear | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 |

To Appear

  • Melling JL, Bufton M. Coming up for air: industrial silicosis and compensation provisions for workers in the United Kingdom, 1900-1939, Social History of Medicine, volume 18, no. 1, pages 63-86.

2012

  • Melling JL. (2012) Towards a Trans-national Industrial Hazard History: Charting the Circulation of Workplace Dangers, Debates and Expertise’,, British Journal of the History of Science (.
  • Melling JL, Sellers C. (2012) Dangerous Trade. Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World, Temple University Press.

2011

  • Melling JL. (2011) Objective Collectives? Transnationalism and “Invisible Colleges” in Occupational and Environmental Health from Collis to Selikoff’, Dangerous Trade. Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World, Temple University Press, 113-125.
  • Melling JL. (2011) Trade, spores and the culture of disease: Attempts to Regulate Anthrax in Britain and Its International Trade, 1875–1930, Dangerous Trade. Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World, Temple University Press, 60-72.
  • Melling JL. (2011) ‘From Dangerous Trades to Trade in Dangers: Towards an Industrial Hazard History of the Present’, Dangerous Trade. Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World, Temple University Press, 1-13.

2010

  • Melling JL. (2010) 55. ‘Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt? Experts, Lay Knowledge, and the Role of Radiography in the Diagnosis of Silicosis in Britain, c. 1919–1945’, Bulletin of History of Medicine, volume 84, no. 4, pages 424-466.

2009

  • Melling J. (2009) Shadows of doubt: Somerset miners and the struggle for compensation rights for silicosis sufferers, Five Arches. Journal of the Radstock Museum Society, no. 65, pages 3-5.
  • Melling J. (2009) Leading Hands at Work: Technology, work organization and supervision in British engineering, 1870-1914, Supervision and Authority in Industry, 145-170.
  • Melling J, Dale P. (2009) Britain’s Medical Officers of Health, gender and the provision of cancer services by local and national government, c. 1900-1940, Medical History, volume 53, pages 537-560.

2008

  • Melling J, Booth A. (2008) Waiting for Thatcher? Trade unionism, Labour politics and shop floor bargaining in post-war Britain, Managing the Modern Workplace: Productivity, Politics and Workplace Culture in Post-war Britain, Ashgate, 125-163.
  • Booth A, Melling J. (2008) Workplace cultures and business performance: British labour relations and industrial output in comparative perspective, Managing the Modern Workplace: Productivity, Politics and Workplace Culture in Post-war Britain, Ashgate, 1-26.
  • Melling. (2008) Fordism and the Foreman. Labour relations and supervisory trade unionism in the American and British automobile industries, c. 1939-1970, Managing the Modern Workplace: Productivity, Politics and Workplace Culture in Post-war Britain, Ashgate, 27-48. [PDF]
  • Melling JL, Booth A. (2008) Managing the Labour Problem, Ashgate.
  • Melling JL. (2008) Managing the Modern Workplace. Productivity, politics and workplace culture in postwar Britain, Ashgate.

2007

  • Melling JL, Dale P, Greenlees J. (2007) The kiss of death or a flight of fancy? Workers’ health and the campaign to regulate shuttle kissing in the British cotton industry, c.1900-1952, Soucial History.

2006

  • Melling JL, Forsythe W. (2006) The Politics of Madness: The State, Insanity and Society in England, 1845-1914, Routledge.
  • Melling, J.. (2006) Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Bulletin of Medical History.
  • Melling, J.. (2006) Kissing shuttles, Social History.
  • Melling JL, Dale P. (2006) Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850, Routledge.

2005

  • Melling JL. (2005) An Inspector Calls: perspectives on the history of occupational diseases and accident compensation in the United Kingdom, Medical History, volume 49, pages 102-106.
  • Melling JL, Bufton M. (2005) A mere matter of rock”: organised labour, scientific evidence and British government schemes for compensating silicosis and pneumoconiosis among coalminers, c. 1926-1940, Medical History, volume 49, pages 155-178.

2004

2003

2002

2001

  • Melling JL. (2001) A healthy future for medical records? A view from sourth-west England, Health Information and Libraries Journal, volume 18, no. 3, pages 162-164.

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Biography

Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History

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More information

Director of joint project with Alan Booth on 'Productivity and the workplace'.

Director of Wellcome Project on the History of Insanity in Devon, 1993-1996.

Principal Director of Medical Archives Project.

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