Sociology Index

Working Class Culture

Working-Class, Books on Working Class, Lower class culture, Culture-of-poverty Thesis

Working class culture is cultures created by working class people. Working class culture is contrasted with high culture and folk culture. In the USA, working-class culture is associated with Southern culture.

Working class culture developed during the Industrial Revolution. 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 lower class culture.

Many socialists with a class struggle viewpoint see its importance as arising from the proletariat they champion. Lenin believed that there could be no authentic proletarian culture free from capitalism, and that high culture should not be outside the experience of workers.

Jimmy Barnes' song 'Working Class Man' references working class culture and hardships.