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In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 31: The Neoliberal Remaking of the Working Class

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The Neoliberal Remaking of the Working Class
The neoliberal Remaking of the Working Class
Kim Moody
Introduction

Throughout its history capitalism has continuously reshaped the working class in terms of occupations, industries, geography, and demographics as accumulation penetrated new areas of production and commodification enveloped more aspects of human activity. The shift of labour from farm to factory was, and in much of the world still is, an ongoing process of dislocation and dispossession, while employment in service-producing industries surpassed those in goods production in most industrial nations by the mid-twentieth century. The last three decades or so have seen another transition in the shape of the working class internationally not only occupationally and industrially, but in the racial, gender, and national ...

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