Fighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action, and Discourse in Early Nineteenth-Century England by Marc W. SteinbergFighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action, and Discourse in Early Nineteenth-Century England by Marc W. Steinberg

Fighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action, and Discourse in Early Nineteenth…

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Hardcover | June 24, 1999

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A key component of social life, discourse mediates the processes of class formation and social conflict. Drawing on dialogic theory and building on the work of E. P. Thompson, Marc W. Steinberg argues for the importance of incorporating discursive analysis into the historical reconstruction of class experience. Amending models of collective action, he offers new insights on how discourse shapes the dynamics of popular protest. To support his thesis, he presents studies of two English trade groups in the 1820s: cotton spinners from Lancashire factory towns and London silk weavers.For each case, Steinberg closely examines the labor process, industrial organization, social life, community politics, discursive struggles, and collective actions. By describing how workers shared experiences of exploitation and oppression in their daily lives, he shows how discourses of contention were products of struggle and how they framed possibilities for collective action. Embracing work in literary theory, sociocultural psychology, and cultural studies, Fighting Words claims a middle ground between postmodern and materialist analyses.

Marc W. Steinberg is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Smith College.
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Title:Fighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action, and Discourse in Early Nineteenth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:June 24, 1999Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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This in-depth analysis by Marc W. Steinberg reconstructs class experience. Fighting Words: Working-Class Formation, Collective Action, and Discourse in Early Nineteenth-Century England examines the process of class formation and social conflict. The author examines the labour process, industrial organization, social life, community politics, discursive struggles and collective actions to draw his formidable conclusions.

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