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The Death of Class / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Yao (Chinese religion and ethics, U. of Wales-Lampeter) analyzes the similarities and differences between Christianity as a theocentric religion and Confucianism as a humanistic tradition. The axis of his comparison links agape, which describes the relationship individual Christians have with their God and with other people, and jen, which describes the relationship individual Confucians have with their ideal and with other people. Assumes no background in either tradition. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803978393
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/27/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

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
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