The organising hole in a working class heartland

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Abstract

The sociology of class is a contentious field with some proclaiming the death of class as a salient explanatory paradigm in post-industrial societies. Nonetheless, intensifying class inequalities and conflicts within such societies have given new impetus to academic, media and political interest the topic. Though there are signs of renewed attention to the sociology of class in Australia, the field has yet to give close attention to the lived experiences of working class politics today. This paper focusses on recent political organising efforts in a rural working class neighbourhood. The analysis draws on autoethnographic journal entries produced during the author’s intensive three-year involvement with the organisation in multiple capacities as university researcher, local resident, volunteer and trade unionist (Ellis, Adams, and Bochner 2011, 275-6). It considers some possibilities and limitations of developing organising knowledge and skills among today’s working classes.

Conference

Conference2019 TASA Conference
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period25/11/1928/11/19
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    Masterman-Smith, H. (2019). The organising hole in a working class heartland. In 2019 TASA Conference Proceedings: Diversity & Urban Growth The Australian Sociological Association.