Reworking Class

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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 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. Some of the chapters that follow rework how classes are conceptualized. Others offer historical and sociological reflections on questions of class identity. A third cluster focuses on the politics of class mobilizations and social movements in contexts of national and global economic change.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801483219
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Introduction: The Reworking of Class Analysis 1
Ch. 1 Rethinking, Once Again, the Concept of Class Structure 41
Ch. 2 Deconstructing and Reconstructing Class Formation Theory: Narrativity, Relational Analysis, and Social Theory 73
Ch. 3 Statistical Classifications and the Salience of Social Class 107
Ch. 4 Class Formation and the Quintessential Worker 133
Ch. 5 Work and Culture in the Reception of Class Ideologies 169
Ch. 6 The Meaning of Class and Race: French and American Workers Discuss Differences 193
Ch. 7 Rethinking Cultural and Economic Capital 221
Ch. 8 Cannery Row: Class, Community, and the Social Construction of History 243
Ch. 9 World of Capital / Worlds of Labor: A Global Perspective 287
Ch. 10 Class Location versus Market Interests in Macropolitical Behavior: The Social Origins of the German Nazi Party 313
Ch. 11 Social Class and the Reemergence of the Radical Right in Contemporary Germany 335
Ch. 12 Class Analysis and Social Movements: A Critique and Reformulation 369
Index 399
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