Tim Strangleman describes Voices of Guinness as “an argument for and an example of a new way of thinking about work sociologically—in other words, an imaginative history of work” (12). It is the history of a specific workplace, its design and its culture, and the impact on the workforce of industrial change. The lifespan of the brewery, from its construction in the 1930s to its closure in 2005, reflected the process of deindustrialization as it took place in an iconic workplace.

Strangleman was permitted to conduct interviews with members of the workforce who remained in their jobs between the announcement of the plant's closing in 2004 and its final shutdown in 2005. His approach was influenced by his experience of working in the railway business and researching its cultural identity, especially in the period of the “long boom” from the late 1940s to the 1970s, which Strangleman sees as the...

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