CLASS AS PROCESS: AN ANALYSIS OF EAST END AND TAIWANESE WORKING-CLASS PRACTICES
This thesis proposes to use E. P. Thompson's concept of class in a comparative analysis of two working-class groups, one in the East End of Cincinnati, Ohio examined in Rhoda Halperin's ethnography Practicing Community (1998) and the other in Taiwan examined in Hill Gates' ethnography Chinese Working-Class Lives (1987) and Gates' "Class and Society in Taiwan" (1992). Thompson (1966:9) states that class is "an active process" and is "something that happens in human relationships." Class relations are relations of power and economics. This analysis focuses on working-class economic strategies and on how these strategies function as forms of resistance. A close analysis of East End and Taiwanese working-class practices, especially those associated with the use of kinship networks in informal economies, reveals certain class patterns. These patterns are patterns of resistance that have developed in response to the exploitative nature of both wage labor and the hegemony.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:class as process ep thompson east end working taiwan practices
Date of Publication:01/01/2002