Sociology Index

Working Class Culture

Working class culture is cultures created by working class people. Working class culture is contrasted with high culture and folk culture. Working class culture developed during the Industrial Revolution. Working-class culture includes range of cultures created by or popular among working-class people. As most of the newly created working class were former peasants, the cultures took on much of the localised folk culture. Working class culture is sometimes equated with popular culture and low class culture. Working class culture is geographically diverse. Working-Class in Marxian sense refers to those who work for a living, employed for wages, especially in manual or industrial work, or the proletariat. Working-class culture developed during the Industrial Revolution. Because most of the newly created working-class were former peasants. Working class culture is often associated with Southern culture.

The Fabric of Gender - Working-Class Culture in Third Republic France - Helen Chenut.
The Fabric of Gender appears at a time when European labor historians are reexamining their field. Chenut’s innovative study of working-class culture integrating gender, class, politics, and consumption stands as a model for the expansion of labor history beyond traditional lines of inquiry. In The Fabric of Gender, Helen Chenut paints a vivid picture of working-class culture and life during these years, by following four generations of laboring women and men in one community, the textile town of Troyes in the Champagne region.

Jimmy Barnes' song 'Working Class Man' references working class culture and hardships. Marxist–Leninist states have declared an official working-class culture, most notably socialist realism, whose aim is to glorify the worker. But the glorification of the worker in abstract is seldom a feature of independent working-class cultures. 'Traditional' Working-Class Culture and 'The Rise of Labour': Some Preliminary Questions and Observations. Neville Kirk, Social History, Vol. 16, No. 2 (May, 1991), pp. 203-216.