Rethinking the Work-Class Nexus: Theoretical Foundations for Recent Trends

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Abstract

The sociology of class and the sociology of work have, historically, occupied two sides of the same coin, sharing foundational studies such as the Affluent Worker series and Braverman’s vivisection of the labour process. Recently, however, the partnership has been questioned. Though the seeds of the split were sown by Erik Wright and John Goldthorpe, the overdue de-hegemonizing of Marx and Weber in research on class with the growing influence of Pierre Bourdieu and the broader ‘cultural turn’ in sociology has weakened the bond and forged a new alliance between class and the sociology of culture. This is, by all means, a positive development, but the connection between processes in the sphere of work and class has become less clear. This article therefore seeks to explore the new theoretical nexus between class and work, demonstrating that a Bourdieusian approach fruitfully reverses the connection put in place by Goldthorpe and Wright.
Translated title of the contributionRethinking the Work-Class Nexus: Theoretical Foundations for Recent Trends
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896 - 912
Number of pages17
JournalSociology
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Publisher: BSA Publications Ltd

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