This concise and accessible textbook overviews the place and continuing centrality of the concept of class in cultural studies and sociology. The book reopens the debates over class and culture that were very nearly closed down in postmodernism. Andrew Milner offers readers a critical introduction to the Marxist and Weberian accounts of class and relates the significance of class in the new social movements. He also looks at class politics and trends in the character of class relations.

Class, Postmodernism and the Intelligentsia

Class, postmodernism and the intelligentsia

We began with a conundrum: how is it that Cultural Studies, originally a discourse about class, the masses and culture, has been transformed into a very different, postmodern, discourse about gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, in short, about almost all differences other than those of class? The most straightforward explanation, we conceded from the outset, would be that social class had as a matter of fact ceased to be of central empirical significance to our culture. I admit to a personal disinclination to subscribe to this view, no doubt in part because I tend to narrate my own biography as a story of upward social class mobility. I hope, nonetheless, that this bias hasn't unduly prejudiced our ...

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