Abstract

This thesis explores the dynamics of economic relations and distributive outcomes according to displaced steelworkers' own accountings of deindustrialization and job loss. Whereas class analyses tend to investigate consciousness according to “true” versus “false” preferences and “post-class” scholars assert that “post-materialism” is replacing “materialist” social concerns, the author abandons these dualisms to demonstrate that workers use cultural codes of “purity” and “pollution” to represent and evaluate individuals, interests, and relations. The findings buttress the continuing relevance of social class for explaining social identity, consciousness, and antagonism.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology

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Date Submitted

2009-08-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3121

Keywords

social class, class consciousness, culture, unemployment

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Sociology Commons

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