The New Politics of Class: Social Movements and Cultural Dynamics in Advanced Societies

The New Politics of Class: Social Movements and Cultural Dynamics in Advanced Societies

by Klaus Eder

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803988682
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/19/1993
Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society , #23
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

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 MOVEMENTS
Bringing Classes Back into the Theory of Society
Culture as the Missing Link Between Class and Collective Action
PART ONE: MODERNIZING THE NOTION OF CLASS
Contradictions and Social Evolution
A Theory of the Role of Class in the Production of Modernity
Beyond Class as a Historical Subject
Towards a Theoretical Construction of Collective Actors
PART TWO: RECONNECTING CULTURE AND CLASS
Culture and Class
Bourdieu's Culturalist Refraction of the Traditional Theory of Class
The Cognitive Representations of Social Inequality
A Sociological Account of the Cultural Basis of Modern Class Society
PART 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 RADICALISM
The '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 Radicalism
CONCLUSION: BEYOND TRADITIONAL CLASS THEORY
From the Crisis of Class Politics to the Critique of Class Politics
Reflecting the Role of 'Crisis Discourses' in Modern Society

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