Introduction: Why Class?

  • Henry Paternoster


The introduction argues that ‘class’ still needs to be studied, and outlines the necessity of rethinking theories and methodologies in the social sciences. Bourdieu, Marxism and Weberian sociologies are contrasted against the historical exposition of class narratives and their various meanings. A framework that is able to synthesise their various insights is possible, if it begins with a history of ideas and their meanings, as a foundation for an analysis of their institutionalisation.


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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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