The University of Wisconsin Press
Blue Collar Aristocrats
Life-Styles at a Working-Class Tavern
E. E. LeMasters
This classic study of American society depicts the regulars at a Middleton, Wisconsin tavern.
“LeMasters’ book is a valuable and popularly written source of information on the attitudes of working class men and women. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
Blue-Collar Aristocrats is a major statement about a group of Americans too little understood and too long ignored by by the country's decision- and policy-makers. Thanks to the work of E. E. LeMasters, we now have a rare and human insight into the lives, feelings, attitudes, and problems of America's blue-collar aristocrats—one that has the potential both to add to our knowledge and to contribute toward solutions to some of our nation's broadest social problems.
“LeMasters has given us a brilliant sketch of what the well-developed unions have created—the average American. He’s great.”—West Coast Review of Books
"This is not a dry sociogram. The quality of life of these people comes with the smell of smoke and beer, the sounds of boisterous laughter above a blaring juke box and the clicking of the pool balls."New York Times
E. E. LeMasters is professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of two previous books—Modern Courtship and Marriage and Parents in Modern America—and numerous articles on the sociology of the American family. He has received the Ernest Burgess Award from the National Council on Family Relations for "creative work" in the Field of the American Family.
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256 pgs. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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