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Class aims to demonstrate the key importance of the concept of class in sociology. It traces the development of the concept of class from the classic works of Marx and Weber to the recent contributions of the neo-Marxist Wright and the neo-Weberian Goldthorpe, and describes the class structures of contemporary Britain and the USA. Features: surveys the relevant literature examines how to operationalize the concept analyses class and social mobility, inequality and politics in Britain and the USA. considers the idea of a classless society. proposes that there is an emergent convergence in Marxist and Weberian approaches provides a critique of these perspectives assesses the thesis of American exceptionalism reviews recent empirical research on the class system in the US Wide-ranging, concise and user-friendly, the text will be of use to students in sociology and politics from higher school to undergraduate levels.
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1. Classical Theories of Class: Marx and Weber 2. Contemporary Theories of Class: Neo-Marxist and Neo-Weberian 3. The Measurement of Class 4. Class Structure and Social Change 5. Class and Social Mobility 6. Class, Inequality and Politics 7. Classlessness and the End of Class References Author Index Subject Index

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