Social Division

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Verso, 1991 - 442 pages
In this path-breaking work, Alan Carling develops a general theory of social division centring on the three core areas of social class, gender and ethnicity.

The inspiration for Carling's approach is the Analytical Marxist treatment of class division and class struggle. Carling synthesizes the rational-choice theory of capitalist transition with G.A. Cohen's functional version of the Marxist theory of history and, in an analysis which spans the work of Roemer and Elster, provides an accessible treatment of Analytical Marxism across the range of its major concerns. He then applies rational-choice theory to the domestic sphere and to processes of assimilation and discrimination in relation to ethnic groups. The book concludes that rational-choice is necessary to, but insufficient for, an adequate general theory of social division.

Carling's topic and his method are at the forefront of current concerns in sociology, economics and political philosophy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Marx Engels Cohen and Brenner
11
Brenner on the Transition to Capitalism
27
Brenners Axiom
34
The Logic of Class Struggle
49
Brenner pro Cohen
56
Roemer on Wealth and Class
73
The Class Wealth Correspondence Principle
86
The Confidence Game
187
Private and Public Goods
213
Private Households and Public Goods
237
Chicken Gender Class
253
The Difference Gender Makes
279
Ethnic and Racial Affiliation
301
Ethnic Formation
315
2
317

Roemer on Class and Exploitation
97
The Labour Theory of Value
103
Market Options
112
34
121
The Problem of Exploitation
123
38
149
The Exchange Model of Households
153
73
182
Communism and Socialism
349
4
364
Symmetry and Social Division
377
The Problem of Social Order
395
Rational Choice and Social Division
415
Index
433
5
434
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