Labour's Challenge to Capital in Fiat: The Influence of Southern Immigrants in a Changing Industrial Culture

Partridge, Hilary
March 1996
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring96, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p71
Academic Journal
The article explains the changes in the agenda and strategy of the workers of automobile industry Fiat SpA in Turin, Italy from the late 1960s, arguing that these were influenced by the entrance into the factory of Southern immigrants, bearers of a cultural patrimony of resistance. The arguments will show that the Southern immigrants' attitudes to work and experience were important in the development of industrial citizenship. The paper also explores features of Southern labor culture that are shared or compatible with values of post materialist movements. Finally, it describes the working class as a subjective force and raises issues about the importance of temporal approaches leading to the emergence of conceptual categories such as "primitive" socialism and "new left."


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