In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.
Class is the basic concept that distinguishes Marxism from other traditions of social thought. Yet Marx had surprisingly very little to say about class as a formal concept. Beyond saying that classes have a determinate relationship to production as direct producers or non-producers, people cannot be ‘classified’ once and for all. Classes are ...