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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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Unions and the Futureof Professional Work

Unions and the Futureof Professional Work

Chapter:
(p.202) Chapter 7 Unions and the Futureof Professional Work
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The Jobless Future
Author(s):

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.003.0008

The growth of unions of professionals—especially in the so-called helping occupations of teaching, social work, and qualified health care labor—is a sign that a significant portion of them have begun to question some elements of the value system supporting the ideology of professionalism itself and their own middle-class status. One of the most important sites of increasing unionization was post-secondary education, both among the professoriat and among clerical and maintenance employees. This chapter argues that the relative proletarianization of the technical intelligentsia does not signify that they have become a new working class so long as they retain the ideology and culture of professionalism.

Keywords:   unions, professionalism, post-secondary education, proletarianization, technical intelligentsia

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