Summary Of Blue Collar Brilliance

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The terms blue and white collar refer to the colors of shirts that have been commonly worn by different types of workers. A blue collar worker is a working class person who performs manual labor. Most blue collar job is paid by hourly rates. Welders, road crews, factory assemblymen, construction workers, miners, loggers, and many other types of laborers are all considered blue collar. Blue collar jobs have given many men and women with lower education the opportunity to be able to provide for their self and family. In contrast, a white collar is a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work with higher pay than blue-collar. They typical work in an office or cubicle. White collar jobs often don’t require manual labor. There is also a pink collar worker who performs jobs in the service industry. In the essay “Blue-Collar Brilliance” by Mike Rose who is currently a Research Professor of Social Research Methodology in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Rose argues against the commonly believe that “work requiring less schooling requires less…show more content…
Rose said that his mother “stood at a table or booth and removed a plate for this person, another for that person, then another, remembering who had the hamburger, who had the fried shrimp, almost always getting it right. She would haggle with the cook about a returned order and rush by us, saying, He gave me lip, but I got him. She’d take a minute to flop down in the booth next to my father. I’m all in, she’d say, and whisper something about a customer. Gripping the outer edge of the table with one hand, she’d watch the room and note, in the flow of our conversation, who needed a refill, whose order was taking longer to prepare than it should, who was finishing up”( Rose

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