Conflicts about Class: Debating Inequality in Late Industrialism : a Selection of Readings

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Longman, 1996 - Social Science - 307 pages
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The concept of class and its continuing relevance in the late twentieth century world has been the subject of fierce debate amongst sociologists and the wider community in recent years. The death of class and the advent of the classless society have at various times been proclaimed and denied with equal vigour.
Conflicts about Class presents in one volume the current arguments surrounding class analysis. Drawing contributions from key sociological researchers, the debate is advanced through a number of specially commissioned pieces which provide both a wide-ranging coverage of topics and a unique international perspective .
An editorial introduction sets the main arguments in context. An additional commentary and two alternative conclusions help to make this an invaluable resource for all researchers and academics who have an interest in class analyis.
Key features:
* leading contributions to the debate, available for the first time in one volume
* includes a number of specially commisioned new pieces
* covers the work of the most distinguished thinkers in the field
* ideal for use as a text and reference
* international perspective
Contributors: Clem Brooks, Rosemary Crompton, Terry Nicholls Clark, Peter Clifford, Geoffrey Evans, John H Goldthorpe, Anthony Heath, Robert Holton, Michael Hout, Seymour Martin Lipset, Jeff Manza, Gordon Marshall, Lydia Morris, John Myles, Jan Pakulski, Ray Pahl, John Scott, Adrian Turegun, Malcolm Waters, John Westergaard.
David Lee, formerly Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex has written extensively on education, training and stratification of work.
Bryan S Turner is Foundation Chair of Sociology and Foundation Dean of Arts at Deakins University, Australia. He has written on a wide range of topics from social theory to the body, citizenship, status and the social construction of knowledge.

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Bryan S. Turner is one of the world s leading sociologists of religion; he has also devoted significant attention to sociological theory, the study of human rights, and the sociology of the body. In Vulnerability and Human Rights (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), he presents an interdisciplinary dialogue with the literature of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, and religion. His current research involves the role of religion in contemporary Asia and the changing nature of citizenship in a globalizing world. Turner has written, coauthored, or edited more than seventy books and more than two hundred articles and chapters. The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory (Sage, 2008), first published in 1984, is in its third edition. He is also an author or editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, and The Sage Handbook of Sociology. He is a founding editor of the journals Body & Society, Citizenship Studies, and Journal of Classical Sociology. Turner comes to the GC from Wellesley College, where he was Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor; he is also professor of social and political thought at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds and has been awarded the Doctor of Letters from both Flinders University in South Australia and the University of Cambridge.

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