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Should class be used to analyze society? For years class was the concept used to look at society. As a concept it enabled analysts to interpret social conflict and predict the course of social development. Today, however, class analysis is under fire. Richly illustrated and written in a refreshing jargon-free style, this book injects a distinctive new note of dissent in the use of class to make sense of life in modern times. The authors present revealing arguments that demonstrate the limitations of class analysis; indeed, they clearly show how the class perspective has become a political straitjacket that obstructs an accurate understanding of contemporary social, cultural, and political processes.
To scholars and students engaged in any form of social analysis, The Death of Class is a must.
The Sociologist's Chimera
The Shifting Sands of Structure
Subsiding Economic Foundations
Crumbling Communities of Fate
Life After Class
`A well-organized book, written in an engaging style... certain to stimulate vociferous responses in an area where turgidity has become commonplace' - Political Studies