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The Death of Class
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The Death of Class



December 1995 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Traditionally class has been the key concept for understanding society, enabling analysts to interpret social conflict and predict the course of social development. Critics argue that it is too crude and incapable of handling the nuances of the new identity politics. Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters take the radical position within the current debates that class is a purely historical phenomenon.

This stimulating book argues that concentration on class actually diverts attention from other more central and more morally problematic inequalities. The class perspective has become a political straitjacket which obstructs an accurate understanding of contemporary social, cultural and political processes.

 
Introduction
 
The Sociologist's Chimera
 
The Shifting Sands of Structure
 
Fickle Formations
 
Subsiding Economic Foundations
 
Crumbling Communities of Fate
 
Cultural Revolutions
 
Choice Politics
 
Life After Class

`A well-organized book, written in an engaging style... certain to stimulate vociferous responses in an area where turgidity has become commonplace' - Political Studies

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ISBN: 9780803978393
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