David Lockwood

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David Lockwood CBE FBA (born 9 April 1929, died 6 June 2014[1]) was a British sociologist.[2]

Life and works[edit]

His book, The Blackcoated Worker, (1958 & 1989) seeks to analyse the changes in the stratification position of the clerical worker by using a framework based on Max Weber's distinction between market and work situations. Lockwood argued that the class position of any occupation can be most successfully located by distinguishing between the material rewards gained from the market and work situations, and those symbolic rewards deriving from its status situation. His work became a very important contribution to the 'proletarianisation' debate which argued that many white-collar workers were beginning to identify with manual workers by identifying their work situation as having much in common with the proletariat.

Lockwood was married to gender studies pioneer Leonore Davidoff, who he met while studying at LSE.


  1. ^ David Rose: David Lockwood obituary. In: The Guardian. 29 June 2014.
  2. ^ Rose, D. (1996). "For David Lockwood". The British Journal of Sociology. 47 (3): 385–396. doi:10.2307/591358. JSTOR 591358. 

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