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.
About the Author:
John R. Hall is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Davis and Visiting Professor and Director of the University of California Study Centre at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of several books, including Sociology on Culture, Apocalypse Observed, and Cultures of Inquiry. Patrick Joyce is Professor of History at the University of Manchester, England.