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Les ouvriers en Europe centrale : la dissolution d'une catégorie sociale dans les statistiques

Abstract : The paper shows that the industrial manual workers have become invisible in post communist societies, especially in the Czech Republic. It tries to explain why a social group which has been in deep crisis since 1989 (contrasting with the communist era) has been forgotten so completely by sociologists. First we analyse what made for unity and diversity among industrial manual workers under communism. Then we show how published statistics make it impossible to count these workers after 1989. The number of publications on these workers in sociological reviews has dramatically decreased. However the industrial manual workers still represent between one quarter and one third of the central European workforce. We then propose some explanation to their invisibility: the objective situation of these workers in times of crisis and deindustrialisation; research funds oriented towards specific topics; the decline of ideologies and of spokesmen who used to strengthen blue-collar workers identities. In the end we underline some ambiguities in the sociological discourses on these workers.
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Marie Plessz. Les ouvriers en Europe centrale : la dissolution d'une catégorie sociale dans les statistiques. 2009. ⟨halshs-00878767⟩

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