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Class Counts

Class Counts
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Part of Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521663946

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  • This textbook provides students with a lively and penetrating exploration of the concept of class and its relevance for understanding a wide range of issues in contemporary society. Erik Olin Wright treats class as a common explanatory factor and examines three broad themes: class structure, class and gender, and class consciousness. Specific empirical studies include such diverse topics as class variations in the gender division of labour in housework; friendship networks across class boundaries; the American class structure since 1960; and cross-national variations in class consciousness. The author evaluates these studies in the light of expectations within the Marxist tradition of class analysis. This Student Edition of Class Counts thus combines Wright's sophisticated account of central and enduring questions in social theory with practical analyses of detailed social problems.

    • Student edition of a landmark study of central concept of class. Half the length, technical material removed, rewritten for student audience
    • Combines an accessible account of the theories of class, with data and empirical studies as social issues
    • Wright is recognised as the leading scholar on this subject, and this presents his ideas in clear and readable form
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    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521663946
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Class analysis
    Part I. Structural Analyses of Class:
    2. Class structure
    3. The transformation of the American class structure, 1960–1990
    4. The fall and rise of the petty bourgeoisie
    5. The permeability of class boundaries
    Part II. Class and Gender:
    6. Conceptualizing the interaction of class and gender
    7. Individuals, families and class analysis
    8. The non-effects of class on the gendered division of labor in housework
    9. The gender gap in workplace authority
    Part III. Class Structure and Class Consciousness:
    10. A general model of class consciousness and class formation
    11. Class consciousness and class formation in Sweden, the USA and Japan
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    12. Confirmations, surprises and theoretical reconstructions.

  • Author

    Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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