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Title: Clerical and manual workers' self and other images
Author: Brown, Alan
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1976
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The thesis takes as its starting point the explanation by David Lockwood of clerical anti-unionism in terms of a 'prestige' model of society, and of manual pro-unionism in terms of a 'class' model of society. The present author attempts to gather information about how clerks and manual workers see themselves and others in the work situation (self-image and other-image) in a manner which prestructures subject response as little as possible. The emphasis is thus upon meaning rather than behaviour as such. To this end Kelly repertory grid analysis is adapted and applied to clerks and manual workers in several research locations in North-West England. The data is processed for principal components and content analysed. Specific hypotheses are tested, including those that clerks will adopt a 'clerical stereotype' of workmindedness, impotence, selflessness, happiness and low union- mindedness, whilst manual workers adopt a 'manual stereotype' of low workmindedness, potency, egocentrism, unhappiness, and unionmindedness. All subjects in both occupational groups are found to espouse the clerical stereotype, despite being almost all union members. The stereotypes are related to Lockwood's society images and are found to be congruent in some respects, but different in others, chiefly in the use by our subjects of the variables of potency and egocentrism. Union membership, where a relationship can be directly tested, is found to be associated with impotence and workmindedness. Most of our subjects are anti-union in orientation. Their union membership is a product of external factors which have not influenced their self and other - images. The relationship between psychological and sociological perspectives is discussed. By the use of an unusual but appropriate method of investigation it is hoped that an original contribution is made to the theoretical and empirical understanding of the way clerks and manual workers see aspects of their work situations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HM Sociology