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Class: The Anthology



Class: The Anthology

Stanley Aronowitz (Editor), Michael J. Roberts (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-39547-8 July 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 568 Pages

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Using an innovative framework, this reader examines the most important and influential writings on modern class relations.

  • Uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines scholarship from political economy, social history, and cultural studies
  • Brings together more than 50 selections rich in theory and empirical detail that span the working, middle, and capitalist classes
  • Analyzes class within the larger context of labor, particularly as it relates to conflicts over and about work
  • Provides insight into the current crisis in the global capitalist system, including the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the explosion of Arab Spring, and the emergence of class conflict in China

General Introduction vii

How to Read This Book xvii

Part One The Working Class

1 Representing the Working Class 3
Michael J. Roberts

2 The Realm of Freedom and The Magna Carta of the Legally Limited Working Day 23
Karl Marx

3 Time, Work‐Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism 27
E. P. Thompson

4 The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class 41
David R. Roediger

5 A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society 57
Lawrence B. Glickman

6 The Stop Watch and The Wooden Shoe: Scientific Management and the Industrial Workers of the World 69
Mike Davis

7 The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community 79
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James

8 Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 87
Nan Enstad

9 Three Strikes That Paved the Way 103
Art Preis

10 Jukebox Blowin’ a Fuse: The Working‐Class Roots of Rock‐and‐Roll 111
Michael J. Roberts

11 Labor’s Time: Shorter Hours, the UAW, and the Struggle for American Unionism 125
Jonathan Cutler

12 The Unmaking of the English Working Class: Deindustrialization, Reification, and Heavy Metal 141
Ryan M. Moore

13 The Jobless Future: Sci‐Tech and the Dogma of Work 151
Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

14 Shiftless of the World Unite! 165
Robin D.G. Kelley

15 Occupy the Hammock: The Sign of the Slacker behind Disturbances in the Will to Work 171
Michael J. Roberts

Part Two The Middle Class

16 The Vanishing Middle 193
Stanley Aronowitz

17 The Struggle Over the Saloon 205
Roy Rosenzweig

18 The Salaried Masses: Duty and Distraction in Weimar Germany 221
Siegfried Kracauer

19 The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post‐World War II American Fiction and White‐Collar Work 229
Andrew Hoberek

20 The Rise of Professionalism: A Sociological Analysis 263
Magali Sarfatti Larson

21 The New Working Class 287
Serge Mallet

22 How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low‐Wage Nation 299
Marc Bousquet

23 The Mental Labor Problem 315
Andrew Ross

24 Neoliberalism, Debt and Class Power 337
Justin Sean Myers

Part Three The Capitalist Class

25 The Capitalist Class: Accumulation, Crisis and Discipline 353
Michael J. Roberts

26 The Secret of Primitive Accumulation 383
Karl Marx

27 The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850–1896 393
Sven Beckert

28 Class Struggle and the New Deal: Industrial Labor, Industrial Capital, and the State 413
Rhonda F. Levine

29 Scientific Management 437
Harry Braverman

30 Labor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Dream 449
Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

31 Nixon’s Class Struggle 467
Jefferson Cowie

32 The Global Reserve Army of Labor and the New Imperialism 485
John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney

33 The End of Retirement 503
Teresa Ghilarducci

34 The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream 513
Kristin Lawler

Selected Bibliography 519

Index 523

  • Presents a comprehensive collection of readings on the subject of class in its many manifestations

  • Investigates class as it cuts across culture and life and evaluates the salient debates on class theory, the idea of class fractions, and the relation of class to stratification theories

  • Includes an introduction by the editors that addresses the question of class and its significance, definition(s), and manifestations

  • Provides an indispensable tool for students and scholars of class and social theory