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Approaches to Class Analysis

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Erik Olin Wright, Richard Breen, David Grusky, Gabriela Galescu, Elliot B. Weininger, Aage B. Sørensen, Jan Pakulski
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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603812

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  • 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.

    • Accessible, yet sophisticated, elaborations of alternative approaches to the study of class
    • Illustrates the problem of developing coherent concepts and the relationship of concepts to theories
    • Authors are prominent experts in the particular intellectual tradition they defend
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    "I found this book intellectually engaging. Approaches to Class Analysis brings together recent theorists of class analysis from different theoretical perspectives, each of whom help unpack economical, social and cultural processes that allow us to understand what classes are and whether they have potential for mobilization. It should be of interest to students of sociology. In fact, I would consider it as a valuable addition to a graduate course in social inequality and stratification." --Reza Nakhaie, University of Windsor, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603812
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.365kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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. Sørensen
    6. Foundations of a post-class analysis Jan Pakulski
    Conclusion: if 'class' is the answer, what is the question? Erik Olin Wright

  • Editor

    Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    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).


    Erik Olin Wright, Richard Breen, David Grusky, Gabriela Galescu, Elliot B. Weininger, Aage B. Sørensen, Jan Pakulski

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