What is working class?

  • (noun): A social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages.
    Synonyms: labor, labour, proletariat

Working Class

Working class (or lower class, labouring class, sometimes proletariat) is a term used in the social sciences and in ordinary conversation to describe those employed in lower tier jobs (as measured by skill, education and lower incomes), often extending to those in unemployment or otherwise possessing below-average incomes. Working classes are mainly found in industrialized economies and in urban areas of non-industrialized economies.

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Charlie Bubbles
... - CB 1E, contrasting sharply with the working class life and the poverty of post war Salford ... a Manchester that is long gone and are an accurate record of the mass demolition of so much of working class Victorian back to back dwellings ... Are you still working Sir or do you just do the writing now?" Bubbles smiles wryly and retorts "No, I just do the writing" and hands him a bank note ...
Labor Party (United States) - Organizational History - The Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance
... A central axiom of Marxism is that the liberation of the working class must come at the hands of the working class itself ... advanced by an unending string of middle-class intellectuals ranging from the professor-without-portfolio Dr ... that only conscious and concerted effort by the working class itself can lead to cause the revolutionary transformation of economy and society ...
Working Class - History
... The history of the working class has been defined by two contradictory processes, the immiseration of traditional communities in order to produce workers, and the vast surplus of ... of these responses have emphasized that working class individuals are defined by processes other than work ... Working class history is generally accepted to begin with the enclosure of English commons, and the generation of paid industrial labor in manufactories in Holland and England ...
Labor Process Theory
... Braverman primarily pays attention to the class-in-itself or the working class as the subject of management and capitalist brutality, acknowledging his inability to attend to working class self-emancipation in this ... footsteps have criticised his "deskilling" thesis as not universal and, have attended to working class resistance to the imposition of Fordism ... these are used to reduce the power of sections of the working class who hold work skills that aren't reproducible by unskilled labour or machine power ...
Labor Express Radio - Jerry Mead-Lucero Takes Over As Host/producer
... anti-gentrification and environmental justice struggles in the Pilsen neighborhood, a working class, Mexican immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s south side ... issues addressed by the program in recent years include the 2005 split in the AFL-CIO, the race and class dimensions of the Hurricane Katrina disaster ... sought to maintain Heimbach’s interest in working class culture and music ...

Famous quotes containing the words working class, class and/or working:

    ... in the working class, the process of building a family, of making a living for it, of nurturing and maintaining the individuals in it “costs worlds of pain.”
    Lillian Breslow Rubin (b. 1924)

    But you must know the class of sweet women—who are always so happy to declare “they have all the rights they want”; “they are perfectly willing to let their husbands vote for them”Mare and always have been numerous, though it is an occasion for thankfulness that they are becoming less so.
    Eliza “Mother” Stewart (1816–1908)

    Peoples need a victory so bad. We’ve been working here since ‘62 and we haven’t got nothing, except a helluva lot of heartaches.
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977)