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America's Working Man: Work, Home, and Politics Among Blue Collar Property Owners
by David Halle
University of Chicago Press, 1984
Cloth: 978-0-226-31365-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-31366-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-22936-2
Library of Congress Classification HD8039.C46U624 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.5620973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Over a period of six years, at factory and warehouse, at the tavern across the road, in their homes and union meetings, on fishing trips and social outings, David Halle talked and listened to workers of an automated chemical plant in New Jersey's industrial heartland. He has emerged with an unusually comprehensive and convincingly realistic picture of blue-collar life in America. Throughout the book, Halle illustrates his analysis with excerpts of workers' views on everything from strikes, class consciousness, politics, job security, and toxic chemicals to marriage, betting on horses, God, home-ownership, drinking, adultery, the Super Bowl, and life after death. Halle challenges the stereotypes of the blue-collar mentality and argues that to understand American class consciousness we must shift our focus from the "working class" to be the "working man."

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