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Protest and Participation : The New Working Class in Italy - John R. Low-Beer

Protest and Participation

The New Working Class in Italy

Paperback Published: 8th January 1979
ISBN: 9780521292771
Number Of Pages: 304

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This 1978 study examines the new working class of scientists, white collar professionals, and technicians that has emerged in advanced in industrial societies and considers its role in the political process. Professor Low-Beer examines the lives of a sample group of Italian electronics technicians, as theirs had been the most militant profession in Italy. Although Low-Beer warns against quick conclusions regarding the broader political significance of such desires, vivid quotations from interviews illustrate the principal longing indicated by his statistical analyses: for more control over work situation. Whilst describing the lifestyles and class imagery among the technicians, the author compares them to other groups, and concludes that strike participation is to be explained by the political backgrounds of workers, and only secondarily by organizational factors. Professor Low-Beer also analyses the significance of the increase that had occurred in the number of professionals in technical professions for the future of politics and industrial conflict.

List of figures and tables
Preface 1. The debate on the new working class and the evolution of the class structure
The new working class in Italian society
Design, methods, and locales of the study
Life at work
Life outside work and images of the class structure
Militancy, class consciousness, and the determinants of strike participation
The new working class: a revolutionary vanguard?
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ISBN: 9780521292771
ISBN-10: 0521292778
Series: Arnold and Caroline Rose Monograph Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 8th January 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45