Epilogue: Working-class Sublime

  • Alessandro PortelliEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


In spite of changes in generational and political cultures and in the organization of work, many steel workers retain a high degree of pride in what they do. The immensity and the fire of the plant fill them with a sense of fright and beauty akin to the attitude of Romantic poets and thinkers toward the power and beauty of Nature. The difference is, while workers feel small when facing the power of the factory, yet they are proudly aware of the fact that they are the ones who create and control this power. The feeling is “so powerful, so beautiful, so intense that it is hard to describe.” “We are history, we are what we have been made by our lives, our culture, our forms of production, and the memory of what we’ve been through.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università di RomaRomeItaly

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