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Social Inequality and Class Radicalism in France and Britain - Duncan Gallie

Social Inequality and Class Radicalism in France and Britain

Paperback Published: 26th March 1984
ISBN: 9780521277006
Number Of Pages: 352

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This book, first published in 1983, examines in depth the nature and sources of class radicalism in France and Britain and takes issue with some of the major theories of class consciousness and class action. Drawing on data both from detailed case studies and from wider national surveys, it shows that the conflict of class interests within capitalist societies can lead to sharply diverging attitudes to class inequality. It argues that the explanation of such differences cannot be found in some 'general' law of the evolution of social conflict in capitalist society. It must be sought in the profound institutional differences that exist between the two societies. In particular the study argues for a reassessment of the importance of the experience of war and of the way in which the business and political elite handled the social crises generated by war, in accounting for the long-term structural divergence of capitalist societies.

Preface
Introduction
Social inequality and class radicalism
Conceptions of Class Inequality
Class awareness and class identity
The conflict of class interests
Political power and class inequality
The national patterns
Sources of Proximate Determination
The power structure of the firm
The influence of the trade unions
The influence of the political party
The power structure of the firm, the trade unions and the parties of the Left: discussion
Elements of Historical Reconstruction
The revolutionary tradition
The agrarian roots of working-class radicalism: an assessment of the Mann/Giddens thesis
War and the crisis of legitimacy
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521277006
ISBN-10: 0521277000
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th March 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52