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Interrogating Inequality : Essays on Class Analysis, Socialism and Marxism - Erik Olin Wright

Interrogating Inequality

Essays on Class Analysis, Socialism and Marxism

Paperback Published: 17th May 1994
ISBN: 9780860916338
Number Of Pages: 284

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This lively new collection from one of America’s leading sociologists covers a wide range of theoretical problems of interest to radical social scientists and political activists.

The book opens with a fascinating autobiographical essay exploring the challenges and benefits of being a Marxist scholar in the present era. Following this is a discussion of various issues in class analysis, with particular attention being paid to two overarching themes: class and inequality, and the relationship between class and power.

The second section of the book engages the problem of socialism as a possible future to capitalism. Wright attempts to clarify the conceptual status of socialism, and discusses why certain reforms such as basic income grants may ultimately require the introduction of some form of socialism for their full realization.

Interrogating Inequality concludes by examining the general problem of Marxism as a tradition of radical social theory. Three issues in particular are discussed: the central principles of “analytical Marxism” as a strategy for reconstructing Marxism as a social scientific theory; the relationship between Marxism and feminism as emancipatory social theories; and the prospects for Marxism in the aftermath of the collapse of communist regimes.

Prologue: Falling into Marxism; Choosing to Stayp. 1
Class Analysisp. 17
Inequalityp. 21
The Class Analysis of Povertyp. 32
The Status of the Political in the Concept of Class Structurep. 51
Coercion and Consent in Contested Exchangep. 72
Class and Politicsp. 88
Socialismp. 107
Capitalism's Futures: A Reconceptualization of the Problem of Post-capitalist Modes of Productionp. 112
Why Something like Socialism is Necessary for the Transition to Something like Communismp. 157
Marxismp. 173
What is Analytical Marxism?p. 178
Marxism as Social Sciencep. 199
Explanation and Emancipation in Marxism and Feminismp. 211
Marxism After Communismp. 234
Referencesp. 256
Name Indexp. 263
Subject Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780860916338
ISBN-10: 0860916332
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 17th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1