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Stuck in the middle with who? The class identity of knowledge workers

Baldry C & Marks A (2009) Stuck in the middle with who? The class identity of knowledge workers, Work, Employment and Society, 23 (1), pp. 49-65.

The coming of the information age has been associated with widespread social transformation and new, or dissolved, class structures. Central to this claim is the emergence of `knowledge workers' including information technology professionals. While previous discussion has focused on the paradox faced by IT workers as both professionals and employees, this article, using empirical data from five software organizations in Scotland, examines their perceptions of class structure and their own class position. It finds that participants clearly retained varying class models of society but expressed conflict between their own self-rated class identity and that which they awarded to their occupation and profession.

class; IT; knowledge work; middle strata

Subject headings
Knowledge workers; Social classes; Employees Rating of

AuthorsBaldry Christopher, Marks Abigail
Publication date03/2009
PublisherSage / British Sociological Association
ISSN 0950-0170

Work, Employment and Society: Volume 23, Issue 1 (2009-03)

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