The new politics of class : social movements and cultural dynamics in advanced societies
Title: The new politics of class : social movements and cultural dynamics in advanced societies
Author: EDER, Klaus
Citation: London ; Newbury Park : Sage, 1993, Theory, culture and society
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, traditionally the crux of class analysis, and links class to social theories of power and cultural capital. The result is a cultural theory of class which incorporates the changing forms of collective action and the new social movements of contemporary societies.
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