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  • 1. The Construction and Anatomy of the Working Class
    Presented by: Nikki and Saleha
  • 2. “The capitalist system makes it very much easier for people not to realize what they are doing, not to know about the danger and hardship, the despair and humiliation, that their way of life implies for others.”
    - Edmund Wilson, The Shores of Light
  • 3. Working Class
    Defined
  • 4. 4 Characteristics of the Working Class:
    Labour Mobility
    Segmentation
    Discipline and Control
    Resistance and Rebellion
  • 5. Labor Mobility
    19th Century
    Italian Migrants
    Chain Migration
  • 6. Segmentation
    Working class divided
    by race, religion,
    ethnicity, age and
    gender
    Karl Marx;
    The Communist Manifesto
    Blacks vs. Irish
  • 7. The Segmentation of the Workforce
    Women
    Discussion Question:
    Why do you think these corporations stationed in developing countries prefer to employ women over men?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bhodyt4fmU&feature=related
    The Domestic Garment Industry of Neza
    The Black box of Capitalism
    Primary vs. Secondary
  • 8.
  • 9. Discipline and Control
    Introduction of ‘The Factory’
    Time Discipline
    Introduction of Free Labor
    Factory Discipline
  • 10. Resistance
    Karl Marx- The estranged Labor:
    “The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and size. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates”
    Please expand on what Karl Marx is trying to convey in his quotation
    extracted from the reading.
    Political economy
    Alienation
  • 11. Resistance continued...
    “Social revolution of the poor.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcEza5Xq5wU&feature=related
    Proletariat vs. Bourgeois
  • 12. Resistance and Rebellion
    “Disciplined Worker”
    Resistance to Capital Discipline
  • 13. The Creation of Free labour
    Capitalist society
    Working Class
    Example of Mexico
    Free Trade
    Do you think that the working class has an option to opt out this game of capitalism? Also, in some countries people still prefer to be independent workers as farmers and crafts people rather than a life dependent on wage labour, why do you think they prefer it this way and do you think it can last in this fast paced economy?
  • 14. Weber
    Iron Cage
    Weber quotes:
    "Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.“
    What do you think Weber
    is trying to say in this quote.
    Historical Materialism
  • 15. The Growth of Assembly Plants
    Maximizing surplus value= paying the laborer as little as possible
    Black Box of Capitalism + laborer = crucial
    American Workers Losing their Job
  • 16. Conclusion