Episode 1- The Emergence of Anarchist Hegemony in Spain’s Labor Movement

Episode 1 with Jesús de Felipe

In this episode, we trace changes in workers’ ways of thinking as the labor movement developed in the second half of the nineteenth century in Spain, from their origins in liberal thought through the introduction of the idea of “the social” to Spain in the 1860s and 70s.  Then, Jesús de Felipe presents his own new explanation for the unique popularity of anarcho-syndicalism in Spain, finding it precisely at this intersection of the liberal idea of the individual and the Marxist idea of the social.

The Episode

The Guest

Jesús de Felipe Redondo is a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’s Departamento de Historia Contemporánea.  His 2009 dissertation on the origins of the Spanish workers’ movement received europeus honors and the Miguel Artola National Prize from the Asociación de Historia Contemporánea de España in 2010.  He has been a visiting scholar at various institutions in England (University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Oxford University), and he was a Fulbright postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan in the United States.  His research centers on the articulation of the Spanish workers’ movement in the nineteenth century, the formation of interventionist state and its relations with workers’ organizations at the beginning of the twentieth century, the ascent of the social, sexual dentities among workers and historiographical reflection.

Suggested Reading

  • Felipe Redondo, Jesús de.  “Masculinidad y movimiento obrero español: las identidades masculinas obreras y el trabajo femenino, 1830-1870.” Historia, Trabajo y Sociedad 8 (2017): 65-85.
  • ———.  “Society without the Social: The Spanish Labor Movement and the Rise of the Social (1840-1880).” Social History 41, no. 4 (2016): 396-416.
  • ———.  “La formación de la clase en la obra de Manuel Pérez Ledesma. Una perspectiva sociocultural.”  In Homenaje a Manuel Pérez Ledesma, edited by P. Sánchez León and F. Peyrou (eds.).  Madrid: Marcial Pons-Publicaciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2015.
  • ———.  “Class Consciousness.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, edited by James D. Wright.  Vol. 3, 2nd ed.  Oxford: Elsevier, 2015.
  • ———.  “Worker Resistance to ‘Social’ Reform and the Rise of Anarchism in Spain, 1880-1920.” Critical Historical Studies 1, no. 2 (2014): 255-284.
  • ———.  Trabajadores. Lenguaje y experiencia en la formación del movimiento obrero español.  Oviedo: Genueve Ediciones, 2012.
  • ———.  “El concepto moderno-liberal de trabajador y su constitución como identidad histórica (1840-70).”  In Lenguajes de modernidad en la Península Ibérica, edited by Manuel Pérez Ledesma.  Madrid: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Press, 2012.
  • ———.  “La orientación del movimiento obrero hacia el republicanismo en España en el siglo XIX (1840-1860).”  Historia y Política 25 (2011): 119-48.
  • ———.  José Franchy y Roca (1871-1944).  Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Parlamento de Canarias, 2005.
  • ———.  Los orígenes del movimiento obrero en Canarias. Una revisión histórica e historiográfica.  La Laguna: Artemisa Ediciones, 2004.

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