Employment : the proletarians are among us

Book. Karl Marx died one hundred and thirty-five years, but his thought remains alive and well and still gives the keys to understanding the world of business and, more broadly, on the functioning of our society. This is the thesis defended by Sarah Abdelnour, senior lecturer in sociology at the university of Paris-Dauphine, in a new version of his essay, The New Proletariat, published in its first edition in 2012.

Sarah Abdelnour urges not to ” give in to an enchanted vision of modernity “, of support that the march “towards social progress” would be conducted peacefully. Of course, we are no longer in the time of large manufactures, with battalions of workers riveted the chains of production, in the noise and the dirt. But in the eyes of the researcher, who deploys his thinking by citing multiple reference books, there are still today forms of “domination” and ” power relations “, which are different from those which were analyzed by the author of Capital.

A first joint shall be swept away, pleads Sarah Abdelnour : the working class has never been extinguished, even if it fell on the “digital plan” while being relegated to the third plan, ” in the collective representations and in political life “. In 2016, ” one third of men in employment fell into this socio-professional category.

“The worker question is more topical than ever “, as written by Stéphane Beaud and Michel Pialoux, at the end of a long survey on the employees of the automobile in the region of Montbéliard : the two sociologists have portrayed the ” one “job chains”, guarded, hierarchical, and exhausting, ” said Sarah Abdelnour.

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