Are contemporary societies organized by class? In recent years the apparent fragmentation of established class structures and the emergence of new social movements - in particular the women's movement and environmentalism - have altered the traditional expressions of class in society. At the same time, these changes have posed fundamental questions for the concept of class in sociology and political science.
In this major reassessment, Klaus Eder offers a new perspective on the status of class in modernity. Drawing on a critique of Bourdieu, Touraine and Habermas, he outlines a cultural conception of class as the basis for understanding contemporary societies. His model reevaluates the role of the middle classes, traditiona
|Series:||Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society , #23|
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About the Author
Klaus Eder has written extensively on class, social movements and social structure. He is author of the New Politics of Class (SAGE 1993).
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION CLASS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTSBringing Classes Back into the Theory of Society Culture as the Missing Link Between Class and Collective ActionPART ONE: MODERNIZING THE NOTION OF CLASSContradictions and Social Evolution A Theory of the Role of Class in the Production of ModernityBeyond Class as a Historical Subject Towards a Theoretical Construction of Collective ActorsPART TWO: RECONNECTING CULTURE AND CLASSCulture and Class Bourdieu's Culturalist Refraction of the Traditional Theory of ClassThe Cognitive Representations of Social Inequality A Sociological Account of the Cultural Basis of Modern Class SocietyPART THREE: THE THEORY OF NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: A CHALLENGE TO CLASS THEORY?A New Social Movement? The Continuing Vitality of the Theory of the 'New Social Movements'Counterculture Movements against Modernity Nature as a New Field of Class Struggle?PART FOUR: NEW CLASS CONFLICTS? THE THEORY OF MIDDLE CLASS RADICALISMThe 'New Social Movements' Moral Crusades, Political Pressure Groups, or a Social Movement?Does Social Class Matter in the Study of Social Movements? A New Theory of Middle Class RadicalismCONCLUSION: BEYOND TRADITIONAL CLASS THEORYFrom the Crisis of Class Politics to the Critique of Class Politics Reflecting the Role of 'Crisis Discourses' in Modern Society