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Working Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 Gender, Class and Ethnicity

Working Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 Gender, Class and Ethnicity

Author: Professor Joanna Bourke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/1993

Integrating a variety of historical approaches and methods, Joanna Bourke looks at the construction of class within the intimate contexts of the body, the home, the marketplace, the locality and the nation to assess how the subjective identity of the 'working class' in Britain has been maintained through seventy years of radical social, cultural and economic change. She argues that class identity is essentially a social and cultural rather than an institutional or political phenomenon and therefore cannot be understood without constant reference to gender and ethnicity. Each self contained chapter consists of an essay of historical analysis, introducing students to the ways historians use evidence to understand change, as well as useful chronologies, statistics and tables, suggested topics for discussion, and selective further reading.

Working Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 Gender, Class and Ethnicity

Working Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 Gender, Class and Ethnicity

Author: Professor Joanna Bourke Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/1993

Integrating a variety of historical approaches and methods, Joanna Bourke looks at the construction of class within the intimate contexts of the body, the home, the marketplace, the locality and the nation to assess how the subjective identity of the 'working class' in Britain has been maintained through seventy years of radical social, cultural and economic change. She argues that class identity is essentially a social and cultural rather than an institutional or political phenomenon and therefore cannot be understood without constant reference to gender and ethnicity. Each self contained chapter consists of an essay of historical analysis, introducing students to the ways historians use evidence to understand change, as well as useful chronologies, statistics and tables, suggested topics for discussion, and selective further reading.

For Democracy The Noble Character and Tragic Flaws of the Middle Class

For Democracy The Noble Character and Tragic Flaws of the Middle Class

Author: Ronald M. Glassman, William H., Jr. Swatos, Peter Kivisto Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/1993

These sociologists and theorists, long concerned with the critical role in society of the middle class, trace its historical, structural, and cultural links with democracy since ancient times. They show how the middle class has been instrumental in spawning industrialization and capitalism. They consider the rise and decline of fascism and communism and the development of multinational capitalism. They reflect upon the decline of the working class, the growth of an underclass, and the need today to counterbalance the power of the rich and big business. They ponder how to break an iron cage of bureaucracy and to revitalize democracy. This socio-historical analysis from a neo-Weberian perspective deals with issues that are central to sociologists, political theorists, and historians.

Limited Livelihoods Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century England

Limited Livelihoods Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century England

Author: Sonya O. Rose Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/1993

In the massive reorganization of lives and livelihoods that accompanied industrial capitalism in England, gender was a pivotal force. Through her analysis of industries ranging from metalworking and lacemaking to the manufacture of chocolate, Sonya Rose highlights the ways in which gender distinctions and gender relations influenced the development of capitalism.

Class Key Concept in Sociology

Class Key Concept in Sociology

Author: Stephen Edgell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/1993

This succinct introductory text argues that class remains a key concept in sociology. The author examines the classic contributions of Marx and Weber and the recent works of Wright and Goldthorpe. The book provides students with an accessible review of class structures, social mobility, inequality, politics and the potential classlessnes of Britain and America.

Changing Classes Stratification and Mobility in Post-Industrial Societies

Changing Classes Stratification and Mobility in Post-Industrial Societies

Author: Gosta Esping-Andersen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/1993

This book makes a significant contribution towards understanding the new class structures of post-industrial societies and the changing processes of social stratification and mobility. Drawing together comparative research on the dynamics of social stratification in a number of key western societies, the authors develop a framework for the analysis of post-industrial class formation. They illustrate the significance of the relations between the welfare state and the household, and the critical interface between gender and class. Case studies of the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Norway and Sweden examine the differing application of these ideas in individual welfare states.

The Bridge People Daily Life in a Camp of the Homeless

The Bridge People Daily Life in a Camp of the Homeless

Author: Jackson Underwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1993

This book is about the daily life of a group of homeless people who live in camps under some freeway bridges in downtown Los Angeles. It is what is called a narrative ethnography, that is, it consists primarily of what the author said to them and what they said to him. As a research project in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, Underwood documented conversations with these homeless people for two and one half years.

Elites and Society

Elites and Society

Author: Tom Bottomore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1993

In this substantially revised and enlarged second edition of a classic text that has been used throughout the world in numerous translations, Tom Bottomore reconsiders elite theory in the light of more recent studies. He examines the role and significance of elites in relation to classes and class structure in both advanced industrial and developing countries, and expounds the criticism of elites and elitism that have been formulated by democratic and socialist thinkers and movements. In a new concluding chapter, Professor Bottomore considers the prospect, as humanity approaches the millenium, for a renewed advance towards more egalitarian forms of society, in which all citizens would be able to participate more fully and effectively in the shaping of their social world. Tom Bottomore taught at the London School of Economics 1952-64, was Head of the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver 1965-67, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex 1968-85 where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the author of numerous books, most recently: Theories of Modern Capitalism, Allen and Unwin (1985); Classes in Modern Society, Routledge (2nd edition, 1991) and Between Marginalism and Marxism: The Economic Sociology of J A Schumpter, Harvester Wheatsheaf (1992).

Working-class Women in the Academy Labourers in the Knowledge Factory

Working-class Women in the Academy Labourers in the Knowledge Factory

Author: Michelle M. Tokarczyk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/1993

My mother still wants me to get a 'real' job. My father, who is retired after 44 years in the merchant marine, has never read my work. When I visited recently, the only book in his house was the telephone book. I do not know that my mother's mother ever acknowledged my college education except to ask me once, 'How can you live so far away from your people?' Thus write two of the 20 women from working-class backgrounds whose voices are heard in this collection of essays. Each of the women has lived through the process of academic socialisation - as both student and teacher - and each has thought long and deeply about her experiences from an explicitly feminist perspective. The editors ask: what are the issues - pedagogical, theoretical and personal - that affect the professional and private lives of these women; how do they resolve tensions between their roles as middle-class professionals and their roots in working-class families; how do class and gender intersect in the academy? The volume begins with a dialogue on class between Kate Ellis and Lillian S. Robinson. The next four sections contain essays on belonging by Saundra Gardner, Donna Langston, Valerie Miner and Joanna Kadi; on individual experiences by Bell Hooks, Laura H. Weaver, Patricia Clark Smith, Jacqueline Burnside and Suzanne Sowinska; on teaching by Pam Annas, Cheryl Fish, Elisabeth J. Johnson and Rose Zimbardo; and on language and cultural politics by Pamela A. Fox, Sharon O'Dair, Pat Belanoff, Elizabeth A. Fay and Hephzibah Roskelly. The book concludes with an epilogue by Michelle M. Tokarczyk.

The New Politics of Class Social Movements and Cultural Dynamics in Advanced Societies

The New Politics of Class Social Movements and Cultural Dynamics in Advanced Societies

Author: Klaus Eder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/1993

Are contemporary societies organized by class? In recent years the apparent fragmentation of established class structures and the emergence of new social movements - in particular the women's movement and environmentalism - have altered the traditional expressions of class in society. At the same time, these changes have posed fundamental questions for the concept of class in sociology and political science. In this major reassessment, Klaus Eder offers a new perspective on the status of class in modernity. Drawing on a critique of Bourdieu, Touraine and Habermas, he outlines a cultural conception of class as the basis for understanding contemporary societies. His model reevaluates the role of the middle classes, traditionally the crux of class analysis, and links class to social theories of power and cultural capital. The result is a cultural theory of class which incorporates the changing forms of collective action and the new social movements of contemporary societies.

Working Women, Working Men Sao Paulo & the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955

Working Women, Working Men Sao Paulo & the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955

Author: Joel D. Wolfe Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/1993

In Working Women, Working Men, Joel Wolfe traces the complex historical development of the working class in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Latin America's largest industrial center. He studies the way in which Sao Paulo's working men and women experienced Brazil's industrialization, their struggles to gain control over their lives within a highly authoritarian political system, and their rise to political prominence in the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a diverse range of sources-oral histories along with union, industry, and government archival materials-Wolfe's account focuses not only on labor leaders and formal Left groups, but considers the impact of grassroots workers' movements as well. He pays particular attention to the role of gender in the often-contested relations between leadership groups and thee rank and file. Wolfe's analysis illuminates how various class and gender ideologies influenced the development of unions, industrialists' strategies, and rank-and-file organizing and protest activities. This study reveals how workers in Sao Paulo maintained a local grassroots social movement that, by the mid-1950s, succeeded in seizing control of Brazil's state-run official unions. By examining the actions of these workers in their rise to political prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, this book provides a new understanding of the sources and development of populist politics in Brazil.

Working Women, Working Men Sao Paulo & the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955

Working Women, Working Men Sao Paulo & the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955

Author: Joel D. Wolfe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/1993

In Working Women, Working Men, Joel Wolfe traces the complex historical development of the working class in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Latin America's largest industrial center. He studies the way in which Sao Paulo's working men and women experienced Brazil's industrialization, their struggles to gain control over their lives within a highly authoritarian political system, and their rise to political prominence in the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a diverse range of sources-oral histories along with union, industry, and government archival materials-Wolfe's account focuses not only on labor leaders and formal Left groups, but considers the impact of grassroots workers' movements as well. He pays particular attention to the role of gender in the often-contested relations between leadership groups and thee rank and file. Wolfe's analysis illuminates how various class and gender ideologies influenced the development of unions, industrialists' strategies, and rank-and-file organizing and protest activities. This study reveals how workers in Sao Paulo maintained a local grassroots social movement that, by the mid-1950s, succeeded in seizing control of Brazil's state-run official unions. By examining the actions of these workers in their rise to political prominence in the 1940s and 1950s, this book provides a new understanding of the sources and development of populist politics in Brazil.