chapter  4
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Gender, Masculinity, and the New Economy

Amid cries of “farewell to the working class” (Gorz, 1982) and the assertion of the complete eclipse of this class given the lack of “direct representations of the interaction among workers on American television” (Aronowitz, 1992, p. 194), I offer Class Reunion (2004b)—a volume aimed at targeting and explicating the remaking of the American White working class in the latter quarter of the 20th century. Arguing that we cannot write off the White working class simply because White men no longer have access to well-paying laboring jobs in the primary labor market (Edwards, 1979), jobs that spawned a distinctive place for labor in the capital-labor accord (Apple, 2001; Hunter, 1987), or assume that this class can be understood only as a tapestry that works easily across ethnicity, race, and gender (Bettie, 2003), I explore empirically and longitudinally the remaking of this class both discursively and behaviorally inside radical, globally based economic restructuring (Reich, 1991, 2002).