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Seminar in Class Analysis and historical Change: Alternative Foundations of Class Analysis

Опубликовано на портале: 13-07-2005
Факультет: Department of Sociology
Дисциплина: social stratification
Язык: Английский
Язык оригинала: английский
Тематические разделы: Социология, Социальная стратификация

The concept of class is one of the most contested concepts within sociology. Sometimes this is just a question of how the word class is being used, but behind the alternative uses of the term there often lurks deeper theoretical disagreements about how best to understand the nature and consequences of economic inequality in contemporary societies. This seminar will explore in a systematic and rigorous manner the full range of alternative conceptualizations of class. The focus will be on contemporary approaches, although there will be some attention to classic statements.

The course will give students an opportunity both to gain a deeper understanding of the substantive issues around the analysis of class, but also to engage in a very fine-grained manner the problem of carefully defining concepts. Sociologists often take a quite casual attitude towards the problem of concept-formation. While they may worry quite a bit about the theoretical arguments that link concepts together, much less attention is frequently paid to the underlying logic of the abstract definitions of the concepts themselves.

At the center of the seminar will be the discussion of an unpublished book manuscript to be published by Cambridge University Press with the working title Alternative Foundations of Class Analysis. This book contains seven chapters written by prominent sociologists working in different theoretical traditions of class analysis each of whom was asked to prepare a kind of manifesto laying out the core principles and reasoning of their approach: Erik Olin Wright (Marxist class analysis), Richard Breen (Weberian class analysis), David Grutsky (Durkheimian class analysis), Loic Wacquant (Bourdieu class analysis), Aage Sшrenson (Ricardian class analysis), Michael Mann (historical agency class analysis), and Jan Pakulski (anti-class analysis). Readings for the course will consist of these chapters plus additional material in the principle traditions of class analysis.


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