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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7010010

Pride, Paternalism, Prejudice—Images of the Working Class

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Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway
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Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, 5020 Bergen, Norway
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Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 11 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
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Abstract

What has happened with the image of the working class? The hero in the construction of the Nordic Model was the labor movement (and the working class). For a long time, this was the dominant picture of the Norwegian working class. However, the societal trends of the past decades have, in a peculiar way, given the working class a central place in political discussions and in the public sphere, but now, a more ambivalent image emerges. In a somewhat paternalistic way, the worker image in political and academic debates as well as in part of the public sphere is typically that of a person unsuccessful in the educational system. Even a third image is identifiable in the public sphere—a prejudice imagery—in which the class is labelled as unhealthy, abusing the welfare system, culturally unsophisticated, and politically dangerous, moving toward right-wing populism. The ambition of the paper is to present these different images of the working class. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hero; drop-out; images; working class; unhealthy; immigration skepticism Hero; drop-out; images; working class; unhealthy; immigration skepticism
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