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Labor History, Formal Methods

The article speculates about the impact of formal methods (e.g. collective biography) on the study of labor history. Formal methods have been used to answer many of the peripheral questions of the field but the core questions, such as fluctuations in the militancy or effectiveness of worker collective action, remain properly answered through informal methods that are better equipped to describe shared states of mind and tactical replays of group interactions.