chapter  Thirteen
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Workers’ Reactions to Crisis

WithRainer Zoll, Enno Neumann

Workers were interviewed from two contrasting types of plant: factories in the shipbuilding and electronic industries adversely affected by the economic crisis and an automobile plant undergoing expansion. Reductionist crisis perception: What the workers in this category said about the causes of crisis and unemployment was fundamentally stereotyped. This interpretation-pattern explains the causes of crisis and unemployment in terms of economic mechanisms. At the heart of this interpretation-pattern is the image of a complex system whose individual components are related in diverse ways. The policy on foreign workers must also be corrected by corresponding measures. It is important to note that the calling for stricter norms of worker immigration is not substantiated with racist arguments; racist arguments are even rejected. Workers with this interpretation pattern reject any dramatisation of crisis and unemployment and refer to contrary personal experience.