Beyond the Fragments: Working Papers

Scope and Content

'Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism' was written with Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright. It originated in an article by Rowbotham 'Leninism in the Lurch' written for 'Red Rag' in Mar 1977 which led to invitations to speak at the Islington Socialist Centre from Lynne Segal and at the Newcastle Socialist Centre from Hilary Wainwright. Rowbotham. Segal and Wainwright produced the first edition through the Islington Gutter Press in 1979. An expanded version was published by Merlin in 1980 (US edition and translated into four languages) The book provoked controversy, enthusiasm and more meetings. In Aug 1980 3,000 people gathered in Leeds for the Beyond the Fragments Day Event. A Fragments network continued until the mid 1980s when it merged with the Socialist Society and members participated in the Chesterfield and Sheffield Socialist Conferences. The ideas behind Beyond the Fragments of developing new approaches to socialism and left organising from social movements and rank and file workers' groups were adopted by some of the founders of the Brazilian Workers' Party and influenced Fords workers at Halewood, where John Bohanna started the Halewood Worker. An extract also appeared in a book edited by Gordon Brown on socialism.