Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America
Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America by University of California Press at Translate This Website. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. In this innovative book, Stephen P. Rice offers a new understanding of class formation in America during the several decades before the Civil War.
Minding the Machine shows how members of a new middle class laid claim to their social authority and minimized the potential for class conflict by playing out class relations on less contested social and technical terrains. As they did so, they defined relations between shopowners―and the overseers, foremen, or managers they employed―and wage workers as analogous to relations between head and hand, between mind and body, and between human and machine.
Rice presents fascinating discussions of the mechanics' institute movement, the manual labor school movement, popular physiology reformers, and efforts to solve the seemingly intractable problem of steam boiler explosions. His eloquent narrative demonstrates that class is as much about the comprehension of social relations as it is about the making of social relations, and that class formation needs to be understood not only as a social struggle but as a conceptual struggle.
|Manufacturer:||University of California Press|
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Studio:||University of California Press|
|Item Weight:||1.2 pounds|
|Item Size:||0.63 x 9.21 x 9.21 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.15 pounds|
|Package Size:||5.7 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches|