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The Social Analysis of Class Structure

1st Edition

By Frank Parkin


326 pages

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Originally published in 1974, The Social Analysis of Class Structure is an edited collection addressing class formation and class relations in industrial society. The range and variety of the contributions provide a useful guide to the central concerns of British sociology in the 1970s. Encompassing general theorizing and empirical investigation, the book examines the treatment of crucial issues of the day, such as the relationships between race and class formation, and sexual subordination, as well addressing historical questions such as the Victorian labour aristocracy and the incorporation of the working class.

Table of Contents



1. Strategies of Social Closure in Class Formation, Frank Parkin

2. The Labour Aristocracy in the Victorian Class Structure, Robert Q. Gray

3. Race and Ethnicity in Class Formation: A Comparison of Asian and West Indian Workers, Shelia Allen and Christopher Smith

4. Towards a Theory of Social Stratification, W.G. Runciman

5. The Petits Bourgeois in the Class Structure: The Case of the Small Shopkeepers, Frank Bechhofer, Brian Elliott, Monica Rushforth and Richard Bland

6. Officialdom and Class: Bases of Inequality in Socialist Society, Zygmunt Baumann

7. Conceptions of the Class Structure and Political Ideology: Some Observations on Attitudes in England and Sweden, Richard Scase

8. Sexual Inequality and Stratification Theory, Chris Middleton

9. Education and Social Mobility in France, Jane Marceau

10. Market Socialism and Class Structure: Manual Workers and Managerial Power in the Yugoslav Enterprise, Leslie Benson

11. ‘Working Class Incorporation’ – A Historical Approach with Reference to the Mining Communities of S.E. Northumberland, 1840-1890, J.M. Cousins and R.L. Davis

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General