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Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674510

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.001.0001

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The Cultural Construction of Class: Knowledge and the Labor Process

The Cultural Construction of Class: Knowledge and the Labor Process

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(p.267) Chapter 9 The Cultural Construction of Class: Knowledge and the Labor Process
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The Jobless Future
Author(s):

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.003.0010

This chapter studies the films Do the Right Thing and Working Girl, which exemplify the “no exit” and “only exit” scenarios of the lives of working-class men and women. The problem for most working-class people is that they lack both the economic and the cultural resources necessary to become professional knowledge workers, i.e. they have no exit. The minority of working-class people who can become professional workers must leave their class culture behind, i.e. they can only exit. The African-American and Italian cultures seen in Do the Right Thing have high dropout rates and thus poor occupational outlooks. In Working Girl, a working-class woman can “make it” only by leaving her working-class culture behind.

Keywords:   Do the Right Thing, Working Girl, no exit, only exit, working-class, professional knowledge workers

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