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The New Class

Опубликовано на портале: 23-12-2002
Факультет: Sociology
Дисциплина: Социальная стратификация
Язык: Английский
Язык оригинала: английский
Тематические разделы: Социология, Социальная стратификация

The idea of the new class haunts the social sciences from their inception. The main point is that knowledge and education constitute a form of social power equivalent to moneycapital or political influence, and hence that at least certain groups of the educated public (variously, intellectuals, managers, technocrats, professionals, bureaucrats) constitute a separate social class with its own interests, power aspirations and projects. Such an idea always hovered on the margins of the social sciences, because it implied that they must examine themselves and their own involvement in social affairs. In short, for a social scientist to study the new class meant to be reflexive, and that is always a dangerous and painful business. Nonetheless, it is also an essential task for any sociologist. In ancient Greece, before one was to enter the temple of Apollo at Delphi, there seeking divine knowledge and advice, one read an inscription on the door - know thyself. The point is well-taken, knowledge of the outside world is useless (possibly even dangerous) without critical self-knowledge, without knowing where one stands in the world. In this seminar we will study theories about the new class, precisely so we can develop a systematic appreciation of the predicament of intellectuals, technocrats and even students at the turn of the century, i.e. our own predicament.


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