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The life of class: a case study in a sociological concept


White, RD, The life of class: a case study in a sociological concept, Journal of Sociology, 36, (2) pp. 223-238. ISSN 0004-8690 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078330003600206


This study in the use of a sociological concept is based in recent sociologies of knowledge. The empirical material is Pakulski and Waters’ (1996a) argument for ‘the death of class’. Three anomalies are identified in their claim: puzzles of ‘reflexion’ (referring to a precondition that sociology be self-exemplifying) of ‘repetition’ (denoting an isomorphism between Pakulski and Waters’ case and Bernstein's revisionism; and of ‘reception’ (referring to the tension between Marxism and sociology). Each of these points to a form of disciplinary circularity, which can be accommodated if the concept of class is reconceptualised as a rhetorical topic. When their argument is re-read on that basis, Pakulski and Waters are seen to have exemplified what they have denied: that sociology displays the life of class. © 2000, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:White, RD (Dr Robert White)
ID Code:19342
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-07-04

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