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The Anthology

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


1. Edition September 2017
568 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-631-22498-3
John Wiley & Sons

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Organized by major themes and integrated by means of editorial commentary, Class: The Anthology is an indispensable tool for students and scholars of class and social theory.

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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

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

3 Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism 27

4 The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class 41

5 A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society 57

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

7 The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community 79

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

9 Three Strikes That Paved the Way 103

10 Jukebox Blowin' a Fuse: The Working-Class Roots of Rock-and-Roll 111

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

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

13 The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work 151

14 Shiftless of the World Unite! 165

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

Part Two The Middle Class

16 The Vanishing Middle 193

17 The Struggle Over the Saloon 205

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

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

20 The Rise of Professionalism: A Sociological Analysis 263

21 The New Working Class 287

22 How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation 299

23 The Mental Labor Problem 315

24 Neoliberalism, Debt and Class Power 337

Part Three The Capitalist Class

25 The Capitalist Class: Accumulation, Crisis and Discipline 353

26 The Secret of Primitive Accumulation 383

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

28 Class Struggle and the New Deal: Industrial Labor, Industrial Capital, and the State 413

29 Scientific Management 437

30 Labor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Dream 449

31 Nixon's Class Struggle 467

32 The Global Reserve Army of Labor and the New Imperialism 485

33 The End of Retirement 503

34 The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream 513

Selected Bibliography 519

Index 523
Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA, where he has taught since 1983. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work at the Graduate Center. He studies labor, social movements, science and technology, education, social theory, and cultural studies. He is the author of twenty-five books, including The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's Movement (2014); Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals (2012); Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters (2008); Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006); and How Class Works (2003).

Michael James Roberts is Associate Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, USA, where he teaches courses on social and cultural theory, the history of the American labor movement, race/class intersectionality, mass media, and popular culture. He is the author of Tell Tchaikovsky the News (2014), which was nominated for the annual Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book by the American Sociological Association's section on culture. His work has also been published in the journals Race & Class, Rethinking Marxism, Mobilization, Popular Music, and The Sociological Quarterly.

S. Aronowitz, City University of New York; M. J. Roberts, San Diego State University