On Becoming a Young Blue-Collar Worker: Classed Transitions in Working Life
Contrary to that notion, the proposed presentation will show what can be gained by sticking to social class as analytical category in sociological analysis. This will be done by looking at a social group that has been suffering from a lack of attention in recent years: young blue-collar workers. Drawing on first results of an on-going PhD-project the paper will deal with Austrian industrial workers aged between 20 and 34 years old. Using the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu (1987, 1998) it shows how social class and habitual dispositions shape their transitions from school to work, their trajectories in working life but also their perceptions, hopes and expectations. Going beyond Bourdieu, the paper will explore how societal changes might induce ambiguities and tensions in young workers lives.