Working Class


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The premise appears to be that the term working class now only applies to benefit cheats and ASBO collectors.
In Mythologies (1957), Roland Barthes associates physical and masculine images and stereotypes with the working class, whilst he associates the intellectual and feminine stereotypes with the middle classes.
Moreover, there are good theoretical reasons to expect union membership to have an influence on the white working class. As research on the benefits of participation in organizations suggests, labor unions can help foster in workers a sense of belonging to a larger community that stimulates interest, knowledge, and participation in politics (see, e.g., Radcliff and Davis 2000; Uhlaner 1989; Verba, Schlozman, and Brady 1995).
The working class is assumed to include all soft-collared workers involved in manual labor and their families, and the self-identification of these men and women as members of the working classes is taken for granted.
The White season starts on Friday and explores what it means to be white and working class in Britain.
When Wal-Mart workers can't afford health insurance or new school clothes, the whole working class begins to flail.
While my institution serves many middle and lower-middle class students, the majority of faculty members are not from working class backgrounds.
The move to the right by working class Kansans began with the 1991 "Summer of Mercy" when protests by thousands of Christian pro-life activists in Wichita, the state's largest city, met unprecedented success.
She examines the views of different groups, including the poor themselves, regarding 'appropriate family life' and the causes of poverty in impoverished working class communities in Philadelphia.
The Social Values poll also found that 55 per cent of those who would normally be called "middle class" also claimed to have working class feelings.
The unity of purpose that once set the working class of Wales apart from the rest has gone.
I had little sense of an image of the working class in the Canadian media but I have vivid memories of my first notions about the working class as a child growing up.