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This chapter takes up the problem of technology and working-class subjectivity in their narrativizations through late-1950s literature and cinema. If science was to be the measure of the modern, how was technological know-how to be turned into the assets of the proletarian masters of society, and not just the property of a few experts? Narratives of the time had to grapple with the problems of being both “red” (revolutionary) and “expert” (knowledge-bearer) by opening both categories out to include previously apolitical or uneducated populations. The resultant narrations of class conflict and class reconciliation engaged in the factory space by proletarian...

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