Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins by considering the opposing views about the American working class, in particular the portrayal of the American worker as apolitical. It then presents the background of the current study, detailing the author's rationale for observing the working-class people of Greenpoint–Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is argued that in order to understand the political consciousness of the American working class, attention must be paid to the skirmishes in the background as well as to the actions of the vanguard. How groups act outside of the unions and outside the more dramatic events of the century needs to be examined as well. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: American working class; American workers; political consciousness; Greenpoint; Williamsburg; New York City

Chapter.  5189 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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