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The Debate on Classes

Erik Olin Wright

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Title: The Debate on Classes

Publisher: Verso

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Paperback. 366 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.2in. x 1.1in.Erik Olin Wrights Classeswas hailed on publication, by the American Journal of Sociology, as almost certain to be the most important book on social classes of the decade. Wright presented a bold attemptthrough the subtle use of the tools of analytical Marxismto resolve some of the long-standing problems in contemporary class theory. The Debate on Classesbrings together major critics of Wrights work to assess the adequacy of his theory. From differing perspectives, they deploy a range of empirical datafrom studies undertaken in a number of countriesand they address questions as varied as the concept of contradictory class locations, the continuing coherence of Marxist approaches to class, the relation between stratification and social development, as well as the contentious roles of gender and ethnicity in generating inequality, and the central problem of the import of consciousness and concrete political activity on class composition. Also included are Wrights own spirited responses and reformulations in the light of these criticisms, thereby presenting the reader with an open, scholarly discussion in which intellectual collaboration develops an understanding of the impact of class on the wider terrain of culture and politics. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781859842805

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Synopsis: Erik Olin Wright?s Classes was hailed on publication, by the American Journal of Sociology, as ?almost certain to be the most important book on social classes? of the decade. Wright presented a bold attempt?through the subtle use of the tools of analytical Marxism?to resolve some of the long-standing problems in contemporary class theory.

The Debate on Classes brings together major critics of Wright?s work to assess the adequacy of his theory. From differing perspectives, they deploy a range of empirical data?from studies undertaken in a number of countries?and they address questions as varied as the concept of ?contradictory class locations,? the continuing coherence of Marxist approaches to class, the relation between stratification and social development, as well as the contentious roles of gender and ethnicity in generating inequality, and the central problem of the import of ?consciousness? and concrete political activity on class composition.

Also included are Wright?s own spirited responses and reformulations in the light of these criticisms, thereby presenting the reader with an open, scholarly discussion in which intellectual collaboration develops an understanding of the impact of class on the wider terrain of culture and politics.

About the Author: Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of many books, including Classes, Interrogating Inequality, Class Counts, Deepening Democracy (with Archon Fung), and Envisioning Real Utopias. For more information on Envisioning Real Utopias and the Real Utopias project, and to access book content, please visit
Michael Burawoy is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Guglielmo Carchedi is Senior Researcher in the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam. His previous books include Frontiers of Political Economy and Marx and Non-Equilibrium Economics.

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