Class, Race and Empire: The White Working Class in Historical Perspective

Duncan Money wrote an article about the white working class in historical perspective for The Sociological Review. The term 'white working class' has made a curious reappearance in recent years. ‘White working class’ has become a kind of convenient short-hand to explain political developments in Europe and North America. Many scholars have criticised this term as misleading, obfuscatory and meaningless (Bhambra 2017, Roediger 2017, Walley 2017). It was not always meaningless, however, and examining the historical dimensions of this term is one way of showing how conceptually empty it is in the present. What exactly constitutes the ‘class’ content of the contemporary use of ‘white working class’ is hard to see.

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Duncan Money

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Duncan Money is a historian of Central and Southern Africa during the 19th and 20th century. His research focuses primarily on the mining industry and, in particular, the Zambian Copperbelt.

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