The organising hole in a working class heartland

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 TASA Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationDiversity & urban growth
PublisherThe Australian Sociological Association
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic) 9780648221029
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event2019 TASA Conference: Diversity & Urban Growth - Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201928 Nov 2019 (TASA 2019 Conference Handbook) (Conference Proceedings) (Book of Abstracts)


Conference2019 TASA Conference
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