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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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Contradictions of the Knowledge Class: Power, Proletarianization, and Intellectuals

Contradictions of the Knowledge Class: Power, Proletarianization, and Intellectuals

(p.173) Chapter 6 Contradictions of the Knowledge Class: Power, Proletarianization, and Intellectuals
The Jobless Future

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

University of Minnesota Press

The terms intellectual and intelligentsia describe those who possess credentials that entitle them to perform types of work that entail the use of academically derived knowledge. Much of the debate regarding the class position of intellectuals has centered on whether intellectuals are inevitably linked to the core classes of any social formation. This chapter argues that although intellectuals remain subordinated to the moneyed class, they are more capable than other subordinated classes to mount resistance and thereby assert their own demands due to their unique position in the technologically advanced labor process. It is not only their control over productive forces that marks intellectuals as an emerging class, but also the fact that they have developed an independent culture of critical discourse.

Keywords:   intellectuals, intelligentsia, class position, social formation, moneyed class, technologically advanced labor process, productive forces, critical discourse

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