Despite the large number of working-class students having to work while attending schools, their work experience and the potential of class solidarity have been largely unaddressed. By bringing in a social psychological perspective, this article revives the sociological debates of working-class
solidarity and challenges the defeatist view of solidarity since the neoliberal turn of the global economy. This article comprises two studies. In Study 1, a working-class solidarity measure (WCSM) was developed through interviews, followed by factor-analysis of a vocational school
sample in China (n = 509). In Study 2, we validated the factor structure of the WCSM and adopted structural equation modelling to show that prosocial behaviour positively predicted solidarity among vocational school students (n = 2534). Contrary to the understanding
that the working-class is divisive and fragmentary, our work shows that working-class solidarity can be built and consolidated through layers of prosocial behaviours by students with work experience.
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
July 4, 2023
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