(adj) of lower status; (noun) an officer in the British army below the rank of captain, especially a second lieutenant
The industrial working class was fragmented, while formerly auxiliary subaltern sectors made their voice heard independently. The outcome was the situation of indeterminacy we are still in today, which is prompting more sophisticated theoretical accounts.
a fatalism by which the workers and their organizations had forged a ‘subaltern’ vision of the world for themselves
Gramsci on the 'econonism' of the Second and Third Internationals