Political Ideology And Class Formation

Political Ideology And Class Formation

by Carolyn Howe
     
 

In Political Ideology and Class Formation, Carolyn Howe presents an analysis of theories of the middle class, focusing on the class location and political ideology of three strata referred to as managers, knowledge controllers, and semi-professionals. Five theories of the middle class are systematically examined: new class, new working class, new petit

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In Political Ideology and Class Formation, Carolyn Howe presents an analysis of theories of the middle class, focusing on the class location and political ideology of three strata referred to as managers, knowledge controllers, and semi-professionals. Five theories of the middle class are systematically examined: new class, new working class, new petit bourgeoisie, new labor aristocracy, and contradictory class locations. Using these five theories, the author offers an accessible analysis of recent debates within class analysis and stratification studies.

The first chapter situates these debates within traditional sociological studies of social class, from Marx and Weber to contemporary scholars working within the traditions of Marx and Weber. Using data from the Class Structure and Class Consciousness Study initiated by Erik Olin Wright at the University of Wisconsin, Howe develops a comparative study of the United States and Sweden. She concludes with a new model of the class structure of advanced capitalist countries. In the final chapters, Howe develops an analysis of political-ideological cleavages within classes and looks at the potential for interclass political coalitions and alliances. She states that class analysis must also include an analysis of race and gender, as capitalist societies are also fundamentally structured by race and gender inequalities. Recommended for sociologists, political scientists, and other scholars of class analysis, stratification, political theory, and social movements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275941512
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/24/1992
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN HOWE is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Erik Olin Wright.

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