Academic discussions about social class tend to be increasingly specialized and have found it difficult to unpack processes of cultural as well as social change. This book breathes new life into class analysis by showing how contemporary social and cultural transformations are related to the restructuring of class relations. Using the British experience as a case study, Mike Savage gives a definitive account of debates on class and finds evidence of both the breaking down and persistence of class divisions. He employers a variety of disciplinary perspectives to provide a comprehensive account of the main features of contemporary social change. Particular attention is paid to arguments developed by Beck and Giddens concerning individualization, and he shows how the redrawing of individual relations is tied in to the remaking of social clasps in complex and largely unrecognized ways. This book brings together recent empirical research on class with topical theoretical of the field in its entirety and it should be of interest to students of social science wishing to learn about the debates on class analysis.
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Mike Savage is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He has published widely in the fields of urban sociology, historical sociology and has particular interests in gender and class. His recent publications include Gender, Careers and Organisations with Susan Halford and Anne Witz (1997), and Social Change and the Middle Classes edited with Tim Butler (1995).Review:
"This is a thorough, carefully argued and well written attempt to review and reformulate class analysis in a way which provides both a valuable contribution to contemporary intellectual debates on class as well as a comprehensive and accessible overview of the field for undergraduate and post graduate students." - The British Journal of Sociology
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