Opening the Gates

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In the Summer of 1973, workers occupied the Lip watch and clock factory, sparking a national cause and controversy. The Lip occupation and self-management experience captured the imagination of the Left in France and internationally, as a living example of the spirit of May ’68. In Opening the Gates, Donald Reid chronicles the history of this struggle. Beginning with the early stirrings of worker radicalism in 1968, Reid’s meticulously researched narrative details the nationally publicised conflict of 1973, the second bankruptcy and occupation of 1976 and the conversion of Lip into a group of cooperatives operating into the 1980s.

Table of contents

Cover Page
Halftitle Page
Title Page
Copyright Page
List of Acronyms
List of Illustrations
1. Lip, Lip, Lip, Hurray!
2. The Serpent
3. We Produce, We Sell, We Pay Ourselves
4. The Factory Is Where the Workers Are
5. Because We Tell You It Is Possible
6. From Besançon to the Chingkang Mountains
7. Sometimes a Great Notion
8. Take the Money and Run
9. Women’s Lip
10. Like the Bodies of the Hanged at the Place de Grève
11. Reentering the Atmosphere
12. The Onions of Egypt
13. From Besançon to Gdansk
14. In the Musée Grévin

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