(adjective) Relating to manual work or workers; working class.
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- Blue-collar is reference to the durable blue denim shirts historically worn by manual labors, referred to as blue-collar workers.
- The earliest listing for “blue-collar” in the Oxford English Dictionary is in 1929.
- Blue-collar is often used in a derogatory sense to indicate lower socioeconomic status to others and conversely indicate pride in ones own status.
- Variant form:
- blue collar
- Also called:
- working class
- Lavelle, John F. 2012. Blue Collar, Theoretically: A Post-Marxist Approach to Working Class Literature. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland.
- Mikalachki, Alexander. 1969. Group Cohesion Reconsidered: A Study of Blue Collar Work Groups. London: School of Business Administration, University of Western Ontario.