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Classes : Verso Classics - Erik Olin Wright

Classes

Verso Classics

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Published: 1st February 1998
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Class analysis and class struggle are central concepts in Marx's social theory yet, notoriously, Marx never wrote a systematic exposition of these terms during his lifetime, and succeeding generations have had to piece together interpretations from his many scattered references and discussions. The problem of trying to develop a Marxist class analysis on this basis has been made all the more acute by changes in the class structure of advanced capitalism, for these have thrown up a bewildering range of new social strata which seem to be difficult to reconcile with the many traditional understandings of class.

In Classes, Erik Olin Wright, one of the foremost Marxist sociologists and class theorists, rises to the twofold challenge of both clarifying the abstract, structural account of class implicit in Marx, and of applying and refining the account in the light of contemporary developments in advanced capitalist societies. Recentering the concept of class on the process of exploitation, Wright discusses his famous notion of "contradictory class locations" in relation to the empirical complexities of the middle class, and he provides an analysis of class structure in "post-capitalist" societies. Wright then goes on to draw out the implications of his approach and to submit it to detailed empirical testing with the use of a trans-national survey of class structure and consciousness.

"The most impressive book on class I have read in some years."--Michael Mann, Contemporary Sociology "An empirically supported reformulation of class theory that achieves exemplary standards of critique, complexity and clarity."--Claus Offe

"Erik Olin Wright's Classes is almost certain to be the most important book on social classes this decade ... The book presents a major breakthrough in the conceptualization of class relations ... and it will be required reading for all macro-sociologists."--American Journal of Sociology

Prefacep. 1
Posing the Problem: The Agenda of Class Analysisp. 6
The Biography of a Concept: Contradictory Class Locationsp. 19
A General Framework for the Analysis of Classp. 64
Implications and Elaboration of the General Frameworkp. 105
Empirically Adjudicating Contending Class Definitionsp. 137
Class Structure in Contemporary Capitalism: A Comparison of Sweden and the United Statesp. 192
Class Structure and Class Consciousness in Contemporary Capitalist Societyp. 241
Conclusionp. 283
Practical Strategies for Transforming Conceptsp. 292
Variable Constructionsp. 303
Full Data for Selected Tablesp. 324
Bibliographyp. 332
Indexp. 338
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ISBN: 9781859841792
ISBN-10: 1859841791
Series: Verso Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition