Class in Contemporary Britain

Addressing and debating timely questions, this new edition: • Assesses different ways of mapping class structures through class schemes • Highlights the continued importance of class in sociological study and analyses contemporary ...

Author: Ken Roberts

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230344585

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the western world: the richest one per cent own a vast proportion of the wealth, while both the pay gap and spending habits remain incredibly divisive. How do such divisions reflect contemporary ideas of class? In what way does economic life affect individuals and social relationships? What are the implications for society as a whole? This thoroughly revised second edition of Class in Contemporary Britain uses class theory to interrogate and explain patterns and trends in economic inequalities, and to explore their consequences from a sociological view. Addressing and debating timely questions, this new edition: • Assesses different ways of mapping class structures through class schemes • Highlights the continued importance of class in sociological study and analyses contemporary social class divisions • Explores key topics, including social mobility, voting habits and education • Reflects on recent changes and developments in the field, from environmental and technological concerns to shifts in class demographics This comprehensive and accessible book disentangles the complex ties between economic, social and political perspectives on class in contemporary Britain. It is essential reading for all social sciences students who are studying class.

Social Class in Modern Britain

The book incorporates three alternative conceptions of class.

Author: Gordon Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134858930

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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The book incorporates three alternative conceptions of class. Erik Olin Wright's structural Marxist account is set alongside John Goldthorpe's occupational class schema, and the Registrar-General's prestige and skill-related categories. The authors use their unique data on inequality and conflict in contemporary Britain to provide, for the first time, a rigourous comparison of Marxist, sociological and official class frameworks. The book ranges widely across such topics as sectionalism in the workforce; privatism of families and individuals; fatalism; gender and class processes; sectoral production and consumption cleavages. The authors conclude that class is still crucial in structuring economic, political and social life.

Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain

This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class.

Author: David Forrest

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137555068

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

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This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class. Through early studio-set plays, soap operas and period drama, the volume demonstrates how class provides a bridge across multiple genres and traditions of television drama. The authors trace this thematic emphasis into the present day, offering fascinating new insights into the national conversation around class and identity in Britain today. The chapters engage with a range of topics including authorial explorations of Stephen Poliakoff and Jimmy McGovern, case studies of television performers Maxine Peake and Jimmy Nail, and discussions of the sitcom genre and animation form. This book offers new perspectives on popular British television shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart and Footballers’ Wives, and analysis of more recent series such as Peaky Blinders and This is England.

Social Divisions

Despite lacking in visibility, and however imperfectly measured in the existing
social classifications, class divisions remain central to social life in contemporary
Britain. Of course we recognise that in contemporary society, people are less
likely ...

Author: Geoff Payne


ISBN: 1447355121


Page: 512

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Informed by sociological theory and recent empirical analysis, the new edition of this classic textbook is an accessible account of the major social divisions that structure social life. Written by experts, it covers an unrivaled range of social divisions, diversity and inequalities.

Uncertain Masculinities

This book takes a fascinating tour through the problems and opportunities facing teenage boys and young men, addressing one of the most important questions of our time: what does 'masculinity' mean today?

Author: Mike O'Donnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134741413

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 851

In this era of rapid and unsettling change, boys now more than ever face difficulties in establishing their self-image and status. In this original and challenging study Mike O'Donnell and Sue Sharpe explore how teenage boys from white, African-Caribbean and Asian backgrounds negotiate contemporary uncertainties to construct their gender identities. Drawing theoretical insights about how class, race and ethnicity critically affect the formulation of masculinities throughout, the authors examine: * the discrepancies between boys and girls' attitudes and expectations * the split between boys' formal acceptance of politically correct ideas and their informal behaviour amongst the peer group * boys' leisure pursuits including involvement in illegal activities and their selective identification with global youth culture. Uncertain Masculinities is a fascinating account of the complexity of contemporary boys' identities and will be of use to students of the sociology of youth and of gender studies.

Class Control and Classical Music

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Bureaucracy and Culture: Middle-class Formation in Contemporary Britain. New

Author: Anna Bull

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190844353

Category: Music

Page: 264

View: 224

Why is classical music predominantly the preserve of the white middle classes? Contemporary associations between classical music and social class remain underexplored, with classical music primarily studied as a text rather than as a practice until recent years. In order to answer this question, this book outlines a new approach for a socio-cultural analysis of classical music, asking how musical institutions, practices, and aesthetics are shaped by wider conditions of economic inequality, and how music might enable and entrench such inequalities or work against them. This approach is put into practice through a richly detailed ethnography which locates classical music within one of the cultures that produces it - middle-class English youth - and foregrounds classical music as bodily practice of control and restraint. Drawing on the author's own background as a classical musician, this closely observed account examines youth orchestra and youth choir rehearsals as a space where young people learn the unspoken rules of this culture of weighty tradition and gendered control. It highlights how the middle-classes' habitual roles - boundary drawing around their protected spaces and reproducing their privilege through education - can be traced within the everyday spaces of classical music. These practices are camouflaged, however, by the ideology of 'autonomous art' that classical music carries. Rather than solely examining the social relations around the music, the book demonstrates how this reproductive work is facilitated by its very aesthetic, of 'controlled excitement', 'getting it right', precision, and detail. This book is of particular interest at the present moment, thanks to the worldwide proliferation of El Sistema-inspired programmes which teach classical music to children in disadvantaged areas. While such schemes demonstrate a resurgence in defending the value of classical music, there has been a lack of debate over the ways in which its socio-cultural heritage shapes its conventions today. This book locates these contestations within contemporary debates on class, gender and whiteness, making visible what is at stake in such programmes.

The Class Ceiling

Origins and destinations in contemporary Britain To set the scene for our analysis
, it is first important to explain the basic ... is often overlooked; how many people
actually work in Britain's elite occupations, and what are their class origins?

Author: Friedman, Sam

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447336100

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 628

Politicians continually tell us that anyone can get ahead. But is that really true? This important best-selling book takes readers behind the closed doors of elite employers to reveal how class affects who gets to the top. Friedman and Laurison show that a powerful ‘class pay gap’ exists in Britain’s elite occupations. Even when those from working-class backgrounds make it into prestigious jobs, they earn, on average, 16% less than colleagues from privileged backgrounds. But why is this the case? . Drawing on 175 interviews across four case studies - television, accountancy, architecture, and acting – they explore the complex barriers facing the upwardly mobile. This is a rich, ambitious book that demands we take seriously not just the glass but also the class ceiling.

Race and Racism in Contemporary Britain

The analysis provided is by no means as detailed as it could have been , but ( a )
it does allow us to question the notion that Marx and Engels were silent on forms
of extra - class differentiation , and ( b ) provides a basis for later attempts by ...

Author: John Solomos

Publisher: Sheridan House Incorporated


Category: Social Science

Page: 209

View: 966

A critical study of the issues which are fundamental to the understanding of race and racism in modern Britain, this book examines the history of recent issues, the development of central and local government policies, the role of racist organizations, urban unrest and social change.

The Working Class Tories

And in concluding an historical survey of authority and paternalism in Britain,
A. P. Thornton wrote that contemporary Britain does not distrust the presence of
strong central government, since the entire evolution of the country—its laws, ...

Author: Eric A. Nordlinger


ISBN: 0520327772


Page: 278

View: 608

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1967.

Property Bureaucracy Culture

Applied to the study of social class we have argued that assets specifying
relations of exploitation can be seen as causal ... the threads of our argument to
show how processes of middle-class formation are changing in contemporary

Author: Michael Savage

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134657390

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 133

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Modern British Society

Press , London and New York , 1974 Westergaard , J . H . “ Some aspects of the
study of modern British society ' in Rex , J . ( ed . ) APPROACHES TO

Author: John Westergaard

Publisher: Pinter Publishers


Category: Great Britain

Page: 199

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Politics and Society in Britain

If we compare contemporary Britain with the country before the First World War
we therefore see a society more centralised , more dominated by giant
organisations and more permeated by class organisation and class feeling .
There exist ...

Author: Michael Moran

Publisher: Palgrave


Category: Political Science

Page: 228

View: 169

An examination of the changing social structure in modern Britain and the changing attitudes towards political parties and systems. This study discusses such topics as the nature and instability of political culture, and outlines political parties, pressure groups and the British electorate.

The Contemporary British Novel

Nothing had changed . Where was the new bright classless enterprising future of
Great Britain ? ( 252 – 3 ) His inclination is that the future must obtain from a spirit
of enterprise , the very middle - class identity pervading the early novel .

Author: Philip Tew

Publisher: Burns & Oates


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

View: 163

Studies of the 'contemporary' British novel often turn out not to be very contemporary at all. All too often the discussion is dominated by the literature of the immediate post-war years. Phil Tew, in contrast, provides a genuinely fresh treatment of the theme by focusing on the work of authors who have made their reputation within the last two decades. In the process he brings so-called minority writers out of theoretical ghettos and, paying their work full respect, integrates them into a synthesis of literary trends and historical context. Designed with the student reader in mind, The Contemporary British Novel will become the first point of reference for a new generation of study. Discusses the work of, amongst others: Martin Amis, J. G. Ballard, A. S. Byatt, Jonathan Coe, Angela Carter, Jim Crace, John Fowles, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Kelman, A. L. Kennedy, Hanif Kureshi, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Caryl Phillips, Salman Rushdie, Iain Sinclair, Zadie Smith, Will Self and Jeanette Winterson.

The Working Class and Twenty First Century British Fiction

O'Brien argues that these novels offer ways of understanding fundamental aspects of contemporary capitalism for the working class in modern Britain, including, class struggle, inequality, trauma, social abjection, racism, and stigmatization ...

Author: Phil O'Brien

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000763285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

View: 992

The Working Class and Twenty-First-Century British Fiction looks at how the twenty-first-century British novel has explored contemporary working-class life. Studying the works of David Peace, Gordon Burn, Anthony Cartwright, Ross Raisin, Jenni Fagan, and Sunjeev Sahota, the book shows how they have mapped the shift from deindustrialisation through to stigmatization of individuals and communities who have experienced profound levels of destabilization and unemployment. O'Brien argues that these novels offer ways of understanding fundamental aspects of contemporary capitalism for the working class in modern Britain, including, class struggle, inequality, trauma, social abjection, racism, and stigmatization, exclusively looking at British working-class literature of the twenty-first century.

The Political Geography of Contemporary Britain

This class cleavage was generally assumed to be uniform throughout Great
Britain ; electors in the same class were assumed to vote the same way ,
wherever they lived ( Bogdanor , 1983 ) . In the context of this simple cleavage or
' class ...

Author: John Mohan

Publisher: Sheridan House Incorporated


Category: Geopolitics

Page: 303

View: 974

This series of essays on the state of modern British politics examines Thatcherism and government policies in relation to many topical subjects, such as trade unionism, employment for women, housing, racism, policing, industrialization, local government and environmental issues.

Contemporary British Politics and Government

The class dealignment explanation , however , focuses on the shrinking working
class Labour vote rather than on the desertion of the non - manual class from the
Conservatives . The main reason is that this feature is regarded as more ...

Author: P. G. Cocker



Category: Political Science

Page: 353

View: 494

This book has been revised to reflect developments in politics and government into the start of the 21st century. It incorporates analysis of several contemporary issues such as Europe, ethnic issues and law and order.

The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain

Race , class and autonomy According to Stuart Hall , in contemporary Britain , '
The class relations which inscribe the black fractions of the working class function
as race relations . The two are inseparable . Race is the modality in which class ...

Author: Ron Ramdin

Publisher: Gower Publishing Company


Category: Alien labor

Page: 626

View: 857

The Decline of Class Voting in Britain

In order to do this , we will have to look beyond the narrow notion of class
alignment , as indexed by the correlation between class and voting choice , to
two major developments in contemporary British politics identified by Butler and
Stokes ...

Author: Mark N. Franklin

Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press


Category: Elections

Page: 194

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