Working Class Experiences of Social Inequalities in (Post-) Industrial Landscapes
Feelings of Class
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This book adopts a new perspective on the transformation of social inequality by analyzing how it is experienced by individuals. Based on qualitative research among industrial workers and local experts in a region that has undergone deindustrialisation and transformation to a service-based economy, the author examines the loss of status among former manual labourers. Focus lies on their emotional experiences, nostalgic memories and attachments to their former places of work, to transformed neighborhoods, as well as to public space. Against this background the book explores the continued importance of class identity as workers attempt to manage the declining recognition of their skills and a loss of power in an "established-outsider figuration". A study of the transformation of everyday life and social positions wrought by changes in the social structure, in urban landscapes, and in the "structures of feeling", this examination of the dynamic of social identity will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology and geography with interests in post-industrial societies, social inequality, class and social identity.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Context: Spatial and Social Transformations
2. Field Methods and the Local Context
3. Transformations of Class
Part 2: Senses of Place and Transformed Industrial Landscapes
4. "Quite a Shame": Confrontations Between Workers Nostalgia and Optimistic Official Representations
5. Class-related Senses of Place and Frightening Encounters with Haunted Workplaces
6. Nostalgia and Practices of Resistance in Public Spaces
Part 3: Community Transformations and Social Encounters
7. Community Transformations I: The Nostalgic View of the Former Established
8. Community Transformations II: The Non-nostalgic View of a Former Outsider
Lars Meier is Professor for Sociology and Social Inequality at the Institute for Sociology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany. He is the editor of Migrant Professionals in the City and the co-editor of Encountering Urban Places, The New Middle Classes and Dwelling in Mobile Times.