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The Idea of the Middle Class

The Idea of the Middle Class

Author: David S. Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/1998

No social class has generated more controversy than the middle class, and nowhere has that class been more controversial than in Latin America. Once believed not to exist, then later the great hope of the Alliance for Progress, the Latin American middle class is often blamed for not fulfilling the entrepreneurial, democratizing, progressive, or stabilizing role that others ascribe to it. Yet never has a class so widely discussed been so little studied and so poorly understood. David Parker meets this challenge by combining the methods of social historians with attention to language and the cultural construction of meaning as he investigates how and why white-collar workers in Peru's offices, banks, and stores began to define themselves as members of a distinct middle class. He traces the origins of this new class identity and shows the lasting impact the employees' drive for preferential treatment had on Peruvian law, politics, and culture. This book provides a rich description of the lifestyle, values, and attitudes of this rising middle class in their never-ending quest for economic stability, respectability, and recognition in Peruvian society. Through a series of deftly drawn biographical profiles based on a variety of published and archival sources, Parker succeeds in personalizing and bringing alive his protagonists in a way that not only engages the reader but also reveals the importance of personal agency often lost in theoretically and ideologically driven studies of class.

Class American Socty Ils 103

Class American Socty Ils 103

Author: Leonard Reissman Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Studies Class Struct Ils 121

Studies Class Struct Ils 121

Author: G. D. H. Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Working Class Comm Ils 122

Working Class Comm Ils 122

Author: Brian Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Deprived and The Privileged

The Deprived and The Privileged

Author: B. M. Spinley Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Leisure, Lifestyle and the New Middle Class

Leisure, Lifestyle and the New Middle Class

Author: Derek Wynne Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

In this valuable study, conducted within the theoretical context associated with the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Derek Wynne looks at how the 'new middle class' of the late twentieth century goes about constructing and defending its social identity.

Nation&Family:Swedish Ils 136

Nation&Family:Swedish Ils 136

Author: Josephine Klein Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Social Class and Stratification

Social Class and Stratification

Author: Rhonda F. Levine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/1998

'Social Class and Stratification' brings together classical statements on social stratification with current and original scholarship to provide a foundation for theoretical debate on the nature of race, class, and gender inequality. A section on American stratification theory opens with Warner, continuing the debate on the functionalist theory of stratification. Further selections by Parkin and Wright revitalize the debates on the nature of social class today. Readings by Acker, Hartmann, Baca-Zinn and Dill examine our understanding of gender inequality, while theories by DuBois, Cox, and others provide competing theoretical foundations for understanding the complexity of race. Finally, an essay by Patricia Hill Collins discusses the basis for conceptualizing the intersection of race, class, and gender. Levine's concluding chapter reflects on the importance of class analysis and offers an excellent overview of recent theory and research on the intersection of race, class, and gender inequality. This new edition includes a revised and updated Editor's Introduction and Conclusion, along with five new chapters on race and gender from top researchers in the field.

Social Class and Stratification

Social Class and Stratification

Author: Rhonda F. Levine Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/1998

Social Class and Stratification brings together classical statements on social stratification with current and original scholarship to provide a foundation for theoretical debate on the nature of race, class, and gender inequality. A section on American stratification theory opens with Warner, continuing the debate on the functionalist theory of stratification. Further selections by Parkin and Wright revitalize the debates on the nature of social class today. Readings by Acker, Hartmann, Baca-Zinn and Dill examine our understanding of gender inequality, while theories by DuBois, Cox, and others provide competing theoretical foundations for understanding the complexity of race. Finally, an essay by Patricia Hill Collins discusses the basis for conceptualizing the intersection of race, class, and gender. Levine's concluding chapter reflects on the importance of class analysis and offers an excellent overview of recent theory and research on the intersection of race, class, and gender inequality. This new edition includes a revised and updated Editor's Introduction and Conclusion, along with five new chapters on race and gender from top researchers in the field.

The Pleasure of the Crown

The Pleasure of the Crown

Author: Dara Culhane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/1998

Early Sociology of Class

Early Sociology of Class

Author: Professor Bryan S. Turner Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/1997

This set traces the development of sociological theories of social class in Europe and North America in the first half of the twentieth century, defining and highlighting the role it plays in the divisions within industrial society of the time. The history of class theory is traced from Marxist sociology through studies of class cultures to analyses of the psychology of class in American sociology, thus documenting some of the major social traditions of this century. Sociological theories included in this set come from key sociologists such as W.F. Ogburn, T. Adorno and Talcott Parsons.

Classes

Classes

Author: Erik Olin Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/1997

'Class' and 'classes' are terms that are used with promiscuity in the social sciences, yet their precise meaning is rarely explored with great rigour or care, and, in fact, the meaning varies according to the theoretical background of the person using the term. Even Marxist social theory, which builds its explanatory framework around the concept of class, has, all too often, failed to systematically disarticulate and interrogate the nature of the term. Erik Olin Wright's research constitutes an ongoing project, which dates back to the 1970s, to address these gaps and weaknesses in the Marxist account, at both the theoretical and the empirical levels. In Classes, Wright presents a complete reformulation of the Marxist concept of social class, one which seeks to bridge the gap between abstract structural accounts and the description of class actors in particular historical situations. Moving beyond the argument developed in his classic Class, Crisis and the State, Wright draws on John Roemer's work on the theory of exploitation to construct an audacious new general framework for thinking about class which he then subjects to statistically-based analysis.