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Unskilled blue collar workers: Bourgeois and/or authoritarian? Results from a small scale survey in Belgium

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dc.contributor.author De Witte, H
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-12T08:43:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-12T08:43:40Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation DE WITTE, H. 2007. Unskilled blue collar workers: Bourgeois and/or authoritarian? Results from a small scale survey in Belgium. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 3(2):279-303, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3918
dc.description.abstract In this article, two contrasting theories on the attitudes of unskilled blue collar workers are confronted: the ‘embourgeoisement’ thesis and the hypothesis of the ‘authoritarianism of the working class’. The ‘embourgeoisement’ thesis states that blue collar workers adopted the attitudes (and life style) of white collar workers, from whom they can no longer be distinguished. Lipset’s hypothesis of the ‘authoritarianism of the working class’, on the other hand, states that blue collar workers more strongly endorse a conservative attitude on socio-cultural matters and a progressive stand concerning socio-economic issues. Both hypotheses are tested using data from a small scale survey (N = 135) among unskilled blue collar workers and lower- and mid-level white collar workers from different large companies in the region of Leuven, Belgium. The results indicate that the interviewed unskilled blue collar workers still hold a set of attitudes that distinguishes them from the interviewed white collar workers. So, the ‘embourgeoisement’ thesis was refuted. Instead, the unskilled blue collar workers were more conservative on a socio-cultural level, and more progressive concerning socio-economic issues. These results are in line with Lipset’s ‘authoritarianism of the working class’ hypothesis. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Embourgeoisement thesis en
dc.subject blue collar workers en
dc.subject white collar workers en
dc.subject working class in Belgium en
dc.subject authoritarianism of the working class en
dc.subject socio-cultural attitudes of occupational groupings en
dc.title Unskilled blue collar workers: Bourgeois and/or authoritarian? Results from a small scale survey in Belgium en
dc.type Article en


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