There are numerous stereotypes about the different classes of (white, blue, or even “pink”-collar) workers, typically informed by one’s own status.  For example, “For middle-class professionals … blue-collar work is shameful. It is seen as simple, subservient, and alienating. By association, those who perform blue-collar labor are regarded as simple-minded, incompetent, and inferior” (Torlina, 2011).  In contrast, many blue-collar workers, such as those working in a trade, see great value and intelligence in their work.


Torlina, J. (2011). Working Class : Challenging Myths About Blue-collar Labor. Boulder, Colo: Lynne Rienner Publishers.



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