(noun) An individual who engages in manual labor, such as a construction worker or factory worker and is typically an hourly wage earner.
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- Plural: blue-collar workers
- Blue-collar is reference to the durable blue denim shirts historically worn by manual labors.
- 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.
- Blue-collar worker is sociologically problematic because highly skilled manual laborers (e.g. welders, repairmen) make more money, have more autonomy, and require more training than entry level white-collar office workers.
- Variant form: blue collar worker
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How to Cite the Definition of Blue-collar Worker
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “blue-collar worker.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar-worker/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
blue-collar worker. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar-worker/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “blue-collar worker.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar-worker/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“blue-collar worker.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/blue-collar-worker/>.