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.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Carruth, Paul Andrew, "Unemployed Steelworkers, Social Class, and the Construction of Morality" (2009). All Theses and Dissertations. 2142.
social class, class consciousness, culture, unemployment