Illusive Identity: The Blurring of Working Class Consciousness in Modern Western Culture

Illusive Identity: The Blurring of Working Class Consciousness in Modern Western Culture

By: Thomas J.Edward Walker (editor), Daniel J. Doyle (contributor), Douglas A. Lea (contributor), Cynthia Gwynne Yaudes (contributor), Thomas J.Edward Walker (contributor), Pietro Lorenzini (contributor), David S. Sims (contributor)Paperback

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Illusive Identity is a transnational exploration of the evolution of working-class consciousness within modern Western culture. The work traces how the rise of popular culture blurred the definition and dulled the influence of class identity in Europe and the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chapters tackling changing class consciousness in Britain, Germany, Italy, and the United States offer rich insight into the movement from a traditional community-based social identity to a modern consumer-based culture; a mass culture influenced by industrialization, new social institutions, and the powerful imagery of new media. Illusive Identity vividly demonstrates the transformative impact of modernity on the laboring classes, as advertising, entertainment, and the rise of the popular press replaced traditionally shared narratives about the nature of work with a new and liberating cultural paradigm.

About Author

Thomas J. Edward Walker is Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at The Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is the author of Pluralistic Fraternity: A History of the International Worker's Order (1991).


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Cocoa and Class in British Popular Press Advertising: A Process of Cultural Agency Chapter 3 Nazi Labor to 1939: From Working-Class Consciousness to the "People's Community" Chapter 4 Italian Workers and Paradiso: The Don Camillo Stories of Giovanni Guareschi in their Historical Setting Chapter 5 From Guthrie through Dylan to Springsteen: Losing the Working Touch Chapter 6 A Struggle for Hearts and Minds: Labor Age and the Popular Press, 1920-1930 Chapter 7 Tainted Sources: Government/Media Mispresentations in the Case of the IWO Chapter 8 A Final Thought

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  • ISBN13: 9780739103487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 212
  • ID: 9780739103487
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 0739103482

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