Skilled Workers in the Class Structure

Skilled Workers in the Class Structure

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This book reinterprets the British class structure and its evolution from the mid-nineteenth century until the 1980s. It provides a detailed empirical study of the growth of trade unions, and development of earnings differentials and patterns of class inter-marriage during this period, and uses this material to reassess theoretical questions of class consciousness, the notion of the 'traditional working class', and the ideas of a 'labour aristocracy'. A particular feature is that this book is part of the development of a mode of sociological analysis intended to be compatible with economic theory. Its primary focus is on the relationship between skilled and non-skilled manual workers. This 1984 suggests that an internal division of the manual working class on the basis of skill has been a persistent feature of economic relations since the late nineteenth century. It goes on to show, however, by the extensive analysis of inter marriage, that this economic division has not been translated into equivalent social boundaries.However, there is also the need to operationalize the overall research problem into a set of specific questions amenable to empirical scrutiny. ... of four people, 1 there is a problem of deciding which set of marital relationships should be taken as exemplifying the basic class relation. ... There are at least two conceptual problems involved here. Firstly ... Recent sociological research has asserted that the family is the correct unit for class or stratification research and that the class positionanbsp;...

Title:Skilled Workers in the Class Structure
Author: Roger Penn
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1984

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