Class, Self, Culture

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 226 pages
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Class, Self, Culture puts class back on the map in a novel way by taking a new look at how class is made and given value through culture. It shows how different classes become attributed with value, enabling culture to be deployed as a resource and as a form of property, which has both use-value to the person and exchange-value in systems of symbolic and economic exchange.

The book shows how class has not disappeared, but is known and spoken in a myriad of different ways, always working through other categorisations of nation, race, gender and sexuality and across different sites: through popular culture, political rhetoric and academic theory. In particular attention is given to how new forms of personhood are being generated through mechanisms of giving value to culture, and how what we come to know and assume to be a 'self' is always a classed formation.

Analysing four processes: of inscription, institutionalisation, perspective-taking and exchange relationships, it challenges recent debates on reflexivity, risk, rational-action theory, individualisation and mobility, by showing how these are all reliant on fixing some people in place so that others can move.
  

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Contents

the historical production of concepts
27
producing
45
The subject of value and the useless subject
62
The political rhetorics of class
79
Representing the working class
96
The methods that make classed selves
119
Resourcing the entitled middleclass self
135
proximate strangers fixing
155
changing perspectives
173
jotes
196
Index
216
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Beverley Skeggs is Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester.

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