Old and New: Class as a Social Force in the Late Twentieth Century

Old and New: Class as a Social Force in the Late Twentieth Century

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For Marxists the key question is not whether or not classes exist, nor whether or not their interaction is the force for historical development. What matters is the extent to which the working class is conscious of its potential to change the world. Mike Freeman examines some of the barriers to the development of class consciousness aiming to clarify the place of class in the Marxist theory of history and social change. He challenges the widespread tendency to reduce Marxism to the analysis of society in terms of social stratification. The book aims to demonstrate that class is only one aspect of Marxist theory - one that cannot be abstracted from the study of production relations and the totality of social structure. It then assesses the challenge of theories which cite forces other than class as the major agencies of social change.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745304672
  • 9780745304670

Table of contents

Dominant prejudices; Marx on class; class consciousness and alternative identities; class and the traditional labour movement; class and the new social movements; class consciousness and how to develop it.
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