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A social class comprising those who do manual labour or work for wages
Workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism).
The proletariat ( from Latin proletarius “producing offspring”) is the class of wage-earners in an economic society whose only possession of significant material value is their labour-power (how much work they can do).
A term used to describe the lower working-class, which is mostly composed of wage workers. Each civilization categorises the group differently. Some consider only destitute individuals as proletariat and some consider any wage worker as the proletariat. The term is derived from the Marxist ideology, which is based on Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto.
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This glossary post was last updated: 1st April, 2020