Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in the Industrial Communities of North Brabant, 1850-1950 (Comparative and International Working-Class History)
Don KalbISBN: 0822320223;
Expanding Class is the study and story of industrial class relations in North Brabant, a Catholic province of The Netherlands, over a hundred-year period. In examining the lives of workers in one of Europe's more idiosyncratic industrial regions, Don Kalb affirms the utility of class analysis while responding to the cultural critics who have encouraged a movement away from this focus in labor history. In so doing, Expanding Class advances an interdisciplinary historical anthropology of working-class formation. Basing his analysis on oral as well as archival sources, Kalb reveals a dynamic relationship between capitalist industrialization, locality, and cultural class identities. Expanding Class compares Brabant's quaint central shoemaking district to itselectrical boomtown Eindhoven, home of the enormous Philips Corporation. It introduces the concept of "flexible familism," a sociological phenomenon manipulated and fostered by industrialists in order to facilitate cheap and ample...
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