This textbook provides a lively and penetrating exploration of the concept of class and its relevance for understanding a wide range of issues in contemporary society. The book presents a sophisticated account of the theoretical foundations in an accessible and engaging manner. It then explores class using cross-national comparative data on topics such as social mobility, housework, friendship patterns, class structure and class consciousness. 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.
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.