Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Helenan Lewis

Second Advisor

Dr. David Lewis

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



In recent years there has been growing interest in the nature of workers' attitudes, values, and behavior.1 One area of special concern has been a particular behavior pattern frequently observed among blue collar workers called indifference, and it generally refers to a lack of identification with one's work and work organization. Indifference is a phenomenon which occurs among almost all major groups of workers to some degree, but it has been observed most often and in its most intense forms among blue collar workers. In various forms it has been called apathy, noninvolvement, and un-affectedness. It has been observed not only among individuals in their work, but also among individuals in their attitudes towards the other roles which they play, for example, union members toward their union, voters toward elections and toward their political party, and voluntary association members toward their respective organizations.1 Although several relationships have been observed between selected independent variables and various indices of indifference, apathy, non-involvement and the like, there is still much important to work to be done before this phenomena is understood sufficiently to develop a comprehensive theory about it. This study will explore one aspect of just such a theory.