Reworking Class

Reworking Class

by John R. Hall
     
 

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The twelve essays in this volume propose new directions in the analysis of class. John R. Hall argues that recent historical and intellectual developments require reworking basic assumptions about classes and their dynamics. The approaches developed by the contributors effectively abandon the notion of a transcendent class struggle. They seek instead to understand the… See more details below

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The twelve essays in this volume propose new directions in the analysis of class. John R. Hall argues that recent historical and intellectual developments require reworking basic assumptions about classes and their dynamics. The approaches developed by the contributors effectively abandon the notion of a transcendent class struggle. They seek instead to understand the historically contingent ways in which economic interests are pursued under institutionally, socially, and culturally structured circumstances. In his introduction, Hall proposes a neo-Weberian venue intended to bring the most promising contemporary approaches to class analysis into productive exchange with one another. The chapters that follow address a wide range of issues concerning class.

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"This book would provide a useful set of readings for graduate courses on social class and historical sociology."—Contemporary Sociology

"This collection contains much of interest and value. . . This new 'turn', back to history, is to be warmly welcomed."—Labor History Review

"Reworking Class offers a convincing argument and an impressive array of examples showing that the concept of class can be resuscitated, especially in historical analyses."—Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences. Winter, 2000.

"In sum, while social movement scholars will not find specific guidelines for conducting class-based research, they will have gained new insights and entered into a stimulating conversation about constructing and de-constructing our understandings of class. This is an informative and interesting volume to browse through with the understanding that connections drawn to social movement theory will be mostly of our own making. Eclectic in viewpoint and theoretically engaging, Reworking Class offers no clear redefinition of class but instead contributes to the dialogue by highlighting the core issues in the debate."—Jo Reger, Skidmore College. Mobilization, Fall 2001

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801432422
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/18/1997
Series:
9/28/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

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