More Than Class

Studying Power in U.S. Workplaces

Edited by Ann E. Kingsolver

Subjects: Anthropology
Series: SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work
Paperback : 9780791437209, 222 pages, April 1998
Hardcover : 9780791437193, 222 pages, April 1998

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Table of contents


1. Introduction

Ann E. Kingsolver

2. National Security and Radiological Control: Worker Discipline in the Nuclear Weapons Complex

Monica Schoch-Spana

3. Looking Beyond the Factory: Regional Culture and Practices of Dissent

Mary K. Anglin

4. The Community as Worksite: American Indian Women's Artistic Production

Tressa L. Berman

5. Rights, Place, Orders, and Imperatives in Rural Eastern Kentucky Task-focused Discourse

Anita Puckett

6. Moving Up Down in the Mine: The Preservation of Male Privilege Underground

Suzanne E. Tallichet

7. Creen Que No Tenemos Vidas: Mexicana Household Workers in Santa Barbara, California

María de la Luz Ibarra

8. Seeing Power in a College Cafeteria

Daniel Cogan

9. Participatory Economic Development: Activism, Education, and Earning an Income

Mary E. Hoyer

About the Authors


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