Farewell to the category-producing class?

Frederick Cooper

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    The essay focuses on two points: First, Eley and Nield's emphasis on micropolitics, discourse, and diverse forms of affinity is stimulating and essential but inadequate to the task of understanding when and how the category of working class is useful. Such a task also requires nuanced analysis of interactions on a large scale and at long distance, of control of material resources, and of centralizing institutions. Second, their identity-centered vision of politics is too constraining to make clear the multiple forms of political imagination, connection, and mobilization or to figure out the extent as well as the limits of power.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)60-68
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Labor and Working-Class History
    Issue number57
    StatePublished - 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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