Approaches to Class Analysis

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Juli 2012



Sociologists disagree not only on how best to define "class" but also as to its general role in social theory and continued relevance to sociological analysis. This book explores the theoretical foundations of six major perspectives of class through the contributions of experts in the field. While some assume that classes have largely dissolved, others believe class remains one of the fundamental forms of social inequality and social power. Moreover, some see class as a narrow economic phenomenon, while others adopt an expansive conception.


List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Introduction Erik Olin Wright; 1. Foundations of a neo-Marxist class analysis Erik Olin Wright; 2. Foundations of a neo-Weberian class analysis Richard Breen; 3. Foundations of a neo-Durkheimian class analysis David Grusky and Gabriela Galescu; 4. Foundations of Bourdieu's class analysis Elliot B. Weininger; 5. Foundations of a rent-based class analysis Aage B. Sorensen; 6. Foundations of a post-class analysis Jan Pakulski; Conclusion: if 'class' is the answer, what is the question? Erik Olin Wright; References; Index.


Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin. His recent books include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance (2003), Class Counts: Student Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1997).


'... a very useful book on the sociology of class. ... textbook-like coverage ... excellent introductory and concluding chapters ...' Anthropological Science
EAN: 9780521843041
ISBN: 0521843049
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2012
Seitenanzahl: 212 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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