Stratification and Power

Stratification and Power : Structures of Class, Status and Command

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This volume presents a systematic discussion of the leading theoretical approaches to social stratification. It is both an overview and a contribution to the analysis of class, status and power. John Scott argues that Max Weber's conceptual framework - reconstructed and enlarged - provides the basis for integrating what have been considered up to now as divergent approaches to stratification studies. Marxist theories of class and economic division, normative functionalist theories of status and cultural division, and elitist theories of command and authoritarian division all find their place in the proposed framework. Each theoretical approach is illustrated through empirical investigations undertaken by writers associated with them. Recent work by Dahrendorf, Wright and Golthorpe is examined, and it is shown how their arguments contribute to a theoretical synthesis in the analysis of stratification.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 540g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • figures, references
  • 0745610412
  • 9780745610412

Table of contents

Images of stratification; from Max Weber - a framework; class, property and market; status, community and prestige; command, authority and elites; property, authority and class relations; structures of social stratification; the question of the working class.
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