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Working Class

The class of persons who perform physical labor, skilled labor, domestic duties or similar tasks. Persons in the working class often earn an hourly wage and many (though far from all) have low job security. Examples of those with working class occupations include food servers, miners and construction workers. Some, though not all, are poorly paid. The working class is closely related to, but distinct from, the working poor. See also: Blue collar.
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In this respect, the major difference between the sociology of Carlyle and the fiction of his contemporaries is that Carlyle depicts the working classes conjunctively as both rationalist and disinterested, although the two practices of working-class life never occur simultaneously, while in the fiction of the era, for narratological reasons, authors represent the working classes disjunctively, as either disinterested or ruthlessly self-interested.
In order to jump one step ahead of the property developers, Seki wanted to build low-cost, high-quality municipal housing on undeveloped land to provide a pleasant environment for the working classes.
This strong sense of community is seen as a crucial component of the Cockney spirit, which allowed members of the working classes to overcome their poverty, their poor living conditions and, eventually, even the bombing campaigns of the Luftwaffe.
In the process, Schocket shows how multiple and varied the needs and interests of the American working classes were, based on Little Blue Book authors and subjects ranging from Margaret Sanger on birth control, Thomas Paine, Clarence Darrow, George Bernard Shaw, African-American poetry, William Durant on the history of philosophy, as well as works by canonical writers such as Shakespeare and Poe.
In New England, people protested the drafting of citizens for the Revolutionary War as some, thing that hit the working classes hardest.
In the early twentieth century, economic concerns such as quick movement of freight, desire to increase ridership and to move workers to jobs more efficiently, and to reduce traffic congestion and accidents, eventually resulted in the creation of the subway-surface and elevated train lines through Center City, which promoted use by the working classes through cheaper fares, and made possible for them the separation of home from business that had promoted middle-class suburbanization.
Moreover, he reports a more complex and multifaceted process where some parts of the city experienced more significant change than others and where Hartford's middle class reformers and working classes contested over how space was to be defined and used.
9] If gender attended the birth of the English working classes, was it also present at their (apparent) death?
Reid, How the Working Classes are to be Saved, and Pauperism Extinguished.
30] As the Bee-Hive, their newspaper, explained, "the great cause of the downtrodden and degraded position of so many thousands of the working classes is, the robbery that capital has perpetrated on labour through legislation.
While earlier, written pornography functioned as a dialogue among the aristocracy and bourgeoisie on politics, sexuality, and gender, visual pornography allowed the working classes, as well as women, children, and people of color, to join in this dialogue.
The proximity of factories and their belching smokestacks did little to tarnish the allure of suburban living for certain members of Toronto's working classes.