Examines the changing texture of power relations in non-traditional U. S. worksites.
More Than Class examines the changing texture of power relations in U. S. workplaces, focusing on sites ranging from security booths to bedrooms to mining shafts, rather than the traditional shop floor. The contributors see class analysis as a powerful tool for thinking about and addressing inequalities at the core of U. S. economic and social organization. They also take a look at ways to use new approaches—e. g. analysis of the intersections of identity and empowerment or disempowerment through constructions of race, ethnicity, and gender—to study subtle and not-so-subtle power relations in workplaces.
Ann E. Kingsolver is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina.
"This is an interesting, innovative, well-written and conceptualized book, one which goes beyond the ordinary 'collection' in its coherence and in the ways in which the pieces speak to each other. Providing an engaging complexification of the notion of 'class' as it does, the volume also gives readers a sense of the complex varieties of work, identity and power in the late-twentieth-century U. S. An engaging read backed up by solid scholarship. " — Donald Brenneis, Pitzer College
"The topic, power in the workplace, is very significant. It is important for the anthropology and sociology of work and for the light it could shed on our understanding of contemporary capitalism. " — Frances Rothstein, Towson State University