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Who thinks what about capitalism? Class consciousness and attitudes to economic institutions


Western, M, Who thinks what about capitalism? Class consciousness and attitudes to economic institutions, Journal of Sociology, 35, (3) pp. 351-370. ISSN 0004-8690 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078339903500306


Attitudes to the fundamental economic institutions of capitalism, private ownership of productive property, markets as arenas for securing economic outcomes, and working class rights to associate and to strike, are key dimensions of class consciousness. This paper investigates how class location shapes these attitudes in combination with other factors like employment sector and trade union membership. Using data from the 1995 National Social Science Survey, the paper finds systematic class variation on attitudes to economic institutions that is consistent with respondents endorsing or rejecting class-specific strategies of interest realisation according to their own class circumstances. On some attitudes, class structural effects are additionally moderated by organisational norms associated with public sector employment and mediated by the impact of trade union membership.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Western, M (Professor Mark Western)
ID Code:16422
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-12

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