Baker & Taylor Examines the assumption that American workers lack class consciousness and discusses three cases, a wildcat strike, an organizing campaign, and a year-long strike in the midwest
University of California Press A commonplace assumption about American workers is that they lack class consciousness. This perception has baffled social scientists, demoralized activists, and generated a significant literature on American exceptionalism. In this provocative book, a young sociologist takes the prevailing assumptions to task and sheds new light upon this very important issue. In three vivid case studies Fantasia explores the complicated, multi-faceted dynamics of American working-class consciousness and collective action.