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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A detailed and scholarly breakdown of the types of social divisions, the history of theories, and how these divisions reverberate through time and location. Read full review
Marx Engels Cohen and Brenner
Brenner on the Transition to Capitalism
The Logic of Class Struggle
Brenner pro Cohen
Roemer on Wealth and Class
The Class Wealth Correspondence Principle
The Confidence Game
Private and Public Goods
Private Households and Public Goods
Chicken Gender Class
The Difference Gender Makes
Ethnic and Racial Affiliation
Roemer on Class and Exploitation
The Labour Theory of Value
The Problem of Exploitation
The Exchange Model of Households
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