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Social inequality and the politics of production: Americans' attitudes toward workplace democracy

Опубликовано на портале: 19-05-2004
Подтип: PhD
Тематические разделы: Социология, Экономическая социология, Экономическая социология: Социально-экономическая дифференциация. Бедность, Социальная стратификация

This project is an analysis of Americans' attitudes toward three forms of workplace democracy. National survey data from 1991 are employed to investigate the relationship between the bases of social inequality under contemporary capitalism and this alternative which potentially ameliorates workplace inequality. Race, class, and gender are hypothesized to be major determinants of attitudes toward workplace democracy. Numerous indicators of class position are examined and the class criteria which tap into production relations are most salient. A more holistic class location analysis demonstrates that there is substantial cross-class support for workplace democracy. Class-related political ideology and class experience are also tested and the latter is strongest. The results suggest that existing corporate participation programs are largely successful in management's eyes. However, there are contradictory effects as workers want more control once they get some influence. Dissatisfied workers and union members with strike experience are particularly supportive. The interaction effects of race, class, and gender are also investigated.

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