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Whe who stayed at Volvo: an ethnological study of senior automobile-industry blue-collar workers’ working-lives and future plans

Journal article
Authors Björn Ohlsson
Published in Economia & lavoro
Volume 2011
Issue 2
Pages 143-155
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Work Science
Pages 143-155
Language en
Keywords industrial working-life, senior blue collar workers, car industry, working-class culture, Volvo Cars, life history
Subject categories Ethnology


The text summarizes a very comprehensive investigation of cultural processes and situations at Volvo’s most important production plant (Torslanda, Gothenburg).The investigation concerns many aspects of working life: the self perception of workers as such, the self perception of workers as class, their idea of working conditions and their transformations and so on.The term “culture” in the text is used and encompasses peoples’ thoughts,values and actions as well as their economic and social situations.The study can be seen as a part of the long ethnological tradition of depicting workers’ working life and blue-collar workers’ culture that was particularly prevalent in the 1980’s and 1990’s.The Ohlsson’s basic theoretical approach assumes the existence of a conflict between work and capital,and that economic and sociological conditions between the different classes within society are fundamental to the analysis of societies and cultures.

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