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Class: An Anthology

ISBN: 978-0-631-22499-0
544 pages
September 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Using an innovative framework, this reader examines the most important and influential writings on modern class relations.

  • Uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines scholarship from political economy, social history, and cultural studies
  • Brings together more than 50 selections rich in theory and empirical detail that span the working, middle, and capitalist classes
  • Analyzes class within the larger context of labor, particularly as it relates to conflicts over and about work
  • Provides insight into the current crisis in the global capitalist system, including the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the explosion of Arab Spring, and the emergence of class conflict in China
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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Stanley Aronowitz and Michael J. Roberts

How to Read This Book
Michael J. Roberts

PART ONE: The Working Class

Chapter 1: Representing the Working Class
Michael J. Roberts

Chapter 2: The Realm of Freedom and The Magna Carta of the Legally Limited Working Day
Karl Marx

Chapter 3: Time, Work-Discipline and Industrial Capitalism
E.P. Thompson

Chapter 4: The Wages of Whiteness
David Roediger

Chapter 5: A Living Wage
Lawrence Glickman

Chapter 6: The Stop Watch and Wooden Shoe
Mike Davis

Chapter 7: The Power of Women and the Subversion of Community
Mariarosa Dalla Costa

Chapter 8: Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure
Nan Enstad

Chapter 9: Three Strikes that Paved the Way
Art Preis

Chapter 10: Tile: Jukebox Blowin’ a Fuse: The Working-Class Roots of Rock-and-Roll
Michael J. Roberts

Chapter 11: Labor’s Time
Jonathan Cutler

Chapter 12: The Unmaking of the English Working Class
Ryan Moore

Chapter 13: The Jobless Future
Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazzio

Chapter 14: Shiftless Unite
Robin D. G. Kelley

Chapter 15: Occupy the Hammock
Michael J. Roberts

PART TWO: The Middle Class

Chapter 16: The Vanishing Middle
Stanley Aronowitz

Chapter 17: The Struggle Over the Saloon
Roy Rosenzweig

Chapter 18: The Salaried Masses
Siegfried Kracauer

Chapter 19: The Twilight of the Middle Class
Andrew Hoberk

Chapter 20: The Rise of Professionalism
Magali Sarfatti Larson

Chapter 21: The New Working Class
Serge Mallet

Chapter 22: How the University Works
Marc Bousquet

Chapter 23: The Mental Labor Problem
Andrew Ross

Chapter 24: Debt and Class Power Justin
Sean Myers

PART THREE: The Capitalist Class

Chapter 25: The Capitalist Class: Accumulation, Crisis and Discpline
Michael J. Roberts

Chapter 26: The Hidden Abode of Production
Karl Marx

Chapter 27: The Monied Metropolis
Sven Beckert

 Chapter 28: Class Struggle and the New Deal
Rhonda Levine

Chapter 29: Scientific Management
Harry Braverman

Chapter 30: Labor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Dream of Full Employment
Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

Chapter 31: Nixon’s Class War
Jefferson Cowie

Chapter 32: The Global Reserve of Labor
John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney

Chapter 33: The End of Retirement
Teresa Ghilarducci

Chapter 34: The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream
Kristin Lawler

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Author Information

Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA, where he has taught since 1983. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work at the Graduate Center. He studies labor, social movements, science and technology, education, social theory, and cultural studies. He is the author of twenty-five books, including The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's Movement (2014); Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals (2012); Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters (2008); Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006); and How Class Works (2003).

Michael James Roberts is Associate Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, USA, where he teaches courses on social and cultural theory, the history of the American labor movement, race/class intersectionality, mass media, and popular culture.  He is the author of Tell Tchaikovsky the News (2014), which was nominated for the annual Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book by the American Sociological Association's section on culture.  His work has also been published in the journals Race & Class, Rethinking Marxism, Mobilization, Popular Music, and The Sociological Quarterly.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Presents a comprehensive collection of readings on the subject of class in its many manifestations

  • Investigates class as it cuts across culture and life and evaluates the salient debates on class theory, the idea of class fractions, and the relation of class to stratification theories

  • Includes an introduction by the editors that addresses the question of class and its significance, definition(s), and manifestations

  • Provides an indispensable tool for students and scholars of class and social theory
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