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

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa


 
 
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Title Unskilled blue collar workers: Bourgeois and/or authoritarian? Results from a small scale survey in Belgium
 
Creator De Witte, Hans
 
Subject — Embourgeoisement thesis, blue collar workers, white collar workers, working class in Belgium, authoritarianism of the working class, socio-cultural attitudes of occupational groupings.
Description 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 workersadopted 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.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2007-04-11
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v3i2.329
 
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 3, No 2 (2007); 25 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/329/140
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2007 Hans De Witte https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0