Stratification Within the Manual Working Class

  • R. M. Blackburn
  • Michael Mann
Part of the Cambridge Studies in Sociology book series (CAMBSIS)


In the last three chapters we have concentrated on the problem of the worker’s degree of choice in the labour market. We found that despite the many constraints we traced in earlier chapters, certain restricted yet real choices were being made by many workers. Around half, in fact, possessed the essential elements of “orientations”, which some were able to put into effect in selecting the type of work they preferred. However, we also found that such workers tended to be in better jobs than workers without orientations, and we began to speculate whether they might constitute something of an élite within the manual working class, more confident of the control they could exercise in the labour market and actually rewarded with better jobs.


Labour Market Mental Ability Work Quality Intergenerational Mobility Internal Labour Market 
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© R. M. Blackburn and Michael Mann 1979

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  • Michael Mann

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