Learning to Labor

Learning to Labor : How Working-Class Kids Get Working-Class Jobs

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Hailed by the New Society as the best book on male working class youth, this classic work, first published in 1977, has been translated into several foreign languages and remains the authority in ethnographical studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 290.3g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Morningside
  • 0231053576
  • 9780231053570
  • 365,296

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In the outpouring of books on education in the last decade, none has been more important than Paul Willis's Learning to Labor. The unique contribution of this book is that it shows, with glittering clarity, how the rebellion of poor and working class kids against school authority prepares them for working class jobs. No American interested in education or in labor can afford not to read and study this book carefully. -- Stanley Aronowitz A remarkable achievement...the best book on male working class youth since Whyte's Street Corner Society [1943]. -- David H. Hargreaves New Society
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About Mr. Paul Willis

Paul Willis is Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Birmingham University.
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Table of contents

1. IntroductionPart 1. Ethnography 2. Elements of a Culture3. Class and Institutional Form of a Culture4. Labour Power, Culture, Class, and InstitutionPart II. Analysis5. Penetrations6. Limitations7. The Role of Ideology8. Notes Towards a Theory of Cultural Forms and Social Reproduction9. Monday Morning and the Millennium
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