Essay 4 Research
There are multiple different views that are held against those who work in manual labor positions, however, many of us are all to familiar with the common conception of what it means to be a part of the working class. When we hear this term we are often presented with an image of those who are living paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to get by. These jobs do not seem to be ones that many would choose to work in and therefore those who do work these jobs are there by force instead of choice. In an article titled, “Stereotyping the Working Class” by Sherri Linkon, an analyzation of the views held against the working class is presented. Linkon explains that while working class can be deemed as a “descriptive” term merely used to explain a persons job, it can also be used to negatively address someone who is a blue-collar worker. Linkon (2008) goes on to further describe the ideas held against these workers and how these ideals affect them by stating, “Because of our faith in the possibility of upward mobility through effort and talent, people who remain in the working class are often judged as failures…, many working-class people internalize this idea, blaming themselves for not having moved up the class ladder despite years of hard work and dedication” (para. 3). The negative perceptions that many hold against the working class are due to the commonly held beliefs amongst those in our society. As many are taught from the beginning of their lives, working as hard as you can will get you to where you want to be in life. This mentality enforces the idea that is held against the working class. Due to the incapability for these workers to try hard enough, this is the reason why they are working jobs that they do not necessarily want to do. As Linkon explicitly states this allows the working class to believe that they are “failures”. These commonly held ideals about what working hard enough can ensue in your future is a part of the issue in regard to the overall image of the working class. By changing the expectation of what a successful person is within our society then can we rid of this negative connotation associated with those working in these positions.
Linkon, S. (September 8, 2008). Stereotyping the Working Class. Retrieved from https://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/stereotyping-the-working-class/