Reconceptualizing the Global Working-Class

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This essay attempts to engage the category of the modern working-class and attempts to examine the theoretical/historical bases for its exclusive identification with the wage-labor form. As such, this essay traces the evolution of the category of labor as first conceptualized by 19th-century political economy (Smith, Ricardo, Marx). It then attempts to reconcile non-wage-labor forms (slave-labor) with a concept of the working-class in an effort to re-conceptualize the working-class as a category of social analysis better able to capture the complexities of marginalized labor forms.


Presented at the Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association in Atlanta, Georgia, August 19, 2003

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