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Issue 3: Workers' Inquiry

Issue 3: Workers’ Inquiry

The Amer­i­can Work­er in Transna­tional Cir­cu­la­tion • Expe­ri­ence and Infor­ma­tion • The Dis­cov­ery of Class Com­po­si­tion • No Inves­ti­ga­tion, No Right to Speak • Inquiry Today • Future Direc­tions for The­ory and Inquiry • Let­ters from Read­ers

Workers' Inquiry: A Genealogy

Workers’ Inquiry: A Genealogy

In 1880, La Revue social­is­te asked an aging Karl Marx to draft a ques­tion­naire to be cir­cu­lat­ed among the French work­ing class. Called “A Work­ers’ Inquiry,” it was a list of exact­ly 101 detailed ques­tions, inquir­ing about every­thing from meal times to wages to lodg­ing.

Introduction to L'operaio americano (1954)

Introduction to L’operaio americano (1954)

There exists an Amer­i­ca that no one talks about, which is to be found beyond the myth of the refrig­er­a­tor, the auto­mo­bile, and the tele­vi­sion, and beyond the myth of afflu­ence for all. It is the Amer­i­ca of the fac­to­ry: an unknown Amer­i­ca whose his­to­ry is made of strikes, exploita­tion, and pro­le­tar­i­an mis­ery.

Introduction to L'ouvrier américain (1949)

Introduction to L’ouvrier américain (1949)

We present here an unprece­dent­ed doc­u­ment of great val­ue about the lives of Amer­i­can work­ers. This appraisal stems not only from the fact that it defin­i­tive­ly puts paid to both the absurd claim that Amer­i­can work­ers don’t have class con­scious­ness, and the myth of the com­fort and lux­u­ry of the Amer­i­can pro­le­tari­at.

Coresearch and Counter-Research: Romano Alquati’s Itinerary Within and Beyond Italian Radical Political Thought

Coresearch and Counter-Research: Romano Alquati’s Itinerary Within and Beyond Italian Radical Political Thought

The per­son­al, polit­i­cal and intel­lec­tu­al itin­er­ary of Romano Alquati was inex­tri­ca­bly bound up with Ital­ian post­war his­to­ry, when a gen­er­a­tion of mil­i­tants rel­e­gat­ed the impor­tance of their own pro­fes­sion to sec­ond place, seek­ing instead jobs that could sup­port their polit­i­cal com­mit­ment. In doing so, they cre­at­ed a new way of “being-polit­i­cal” that would prove to be a water­shed for suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions, up to the present day.

Towards a History of the Professional: On the Class Composition of the Research University

Towards a History of the Professional: On the Class Composition of the Research University

The intro­duc­tion of research into the mis­sion of high­er edu­ca­tion, a trans­for­ma­tion which took place first in Ger­many and Scot­land, had pro­found and last­ing effects; prin­ci­pal among them was pro­vid­ing a means by which fac­ul­ty in the Unit­ed States (where the state was far weak­er than it was in Europe) could pro­fes­sion­al­ize, orga­nize, and cre­ate a new insti­tu­tion­al form – a hybrid of Euro­pean and US high­er edu­ca­tion now hailed as the Amer­i­can Research Uni­ver­si­ty.