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NCJ Number: 149161 Find in a Library
Title: Blue Collar Community
Author(s): W Kornblum
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 275
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Publication Number: ISBN 0-226-45038-4
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: By participating in local activities where he lived in a Chicago blue collar community in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the author was able to examine the effects of residential segregation, ethnic identification, age groupings, job status, and leisure styles on the community's social cohesion.
Abstract: He found that "ordered segmentation" occurring in the community created fragmented groupings and delimited social worlds. Working class solidarity was, in part, a political phenomenon based on building group loyalties in the factory work setting and translating them into coalitions of ethnic leaders. Various institutional mechanisms were used by different ethnic groups to aggregate and exercise political power. Trade union politics, for example, ensued from ethnic solidarities in the workplace. Relations between trade union leaders and the rank and file and between trade union activists and political leaders, however, were strained. The author describes the complex social organization of a community dominated by heavy manufacturing, ethnic groups and community institutions, negotiation and succession in local unions, and mechanisms of social change. Notes and tables
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Ethnic groups; Illinois; Labor relations; Race relations; Social change; Social cohesion; Social conditions; Social organization; Unions; Urban area studies
Note: Studies of Urban Society
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