Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis

Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis

by Erik Olin Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521553873

ISBN-13: 9780521553872

Pub. Date: 01/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Class Counts combines theoretical discus sions of the concept of class with a wide range of comparative empirical investigations of class and its ramifications in developed capitalist societies. What unites the topics is not a preoccupation with a common object of explanation, but rather a common explanatory factor: class. Four broad themes are explored: class…  See more details below

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Class Counts combines theoretical discus sions of the concept of class with a wide range of comparative empirical investigations of class and its ramifications in developed capitalist societies. What unites the topics is not a preoccupation with a common object of explanation, but rather a common explanatory factor: class. Four broad themes are explored: class structure and its transformations; the permeability of class boundaries; class and gender; and class consciousness. The specific empirical studies include such diverse topics as the sexual division of labor in housework, gender differences in managerial authority, friendship networks in the class structure, the expansion of self-employment in the United States in the past two decades, and the class consciousness of state and private sector employees. The results of these studies are then evaluated in terms of how they confirm certain expectations within the Marxist tradition of class analysis and how they pose challenging surprises.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521553872
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Series:
Studies in Marxism and Social Theory Series
Pages:
621
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to student edition
Preface to original edition
Acknowledgments
1Class analysis1
Pt. IStructural analyses of classes41
2Class structure43
3The transformation of the American class structure, 1960-199056
4The fall and rise of the American petty bourgeoisie67
5The permeability of class boundaries79
Pt. IIClass and gender113
6Conceptualizing the interaction of class and gender115
7Individuals, families and class analysis125
8The noneffects of class on the gendered division of labor in the home146
9The gender gap in workplace authority159
Pt. IIIClass structure and class consciousness183
10A general framework for studying class consciousness and class formation185
11Class consciousness and class formation in Sweden, the United States and Japan216
Pt. IVConclusion249
12Confirmations, surprises and theoretical reconstructions251
References277
Index282
Index of subjects284

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