Class, Self, Culture
By (author) Beverley Skeggs
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Class, Self, Culture by Beverley Skeggs
Book DescriptionClass, Self, Culture puts class back on the map in a novel way by taking a new look at how class is made and given value through culture. It shows how different classes become attributed with value, enabling culture to be deployed as a resource and as a form of property, which has both use-value to the person and exchange-value in systems of symbolic and economic exchange. The book shows how class has not disappeared, but is known and spoken in a myriad of different ways, always working through other categorisations of nation, race, gender and sexuality and across different sites: through popular culture, political rhetoric and academic theory. In particular attention is given to how new forms of personhood are being generated through mechanisms of giving value to culture, and how what we come to know and assume to be a 'self' is always a classed formation. Analysing four processes: of inscription, institutionalisation, perspective-taking and exchange relationships, it challenges recent debates on reflexivity, risk, rational-action theory, individualisation and mobility, by showing how these are all reliant on fixing some people in place so that others can move.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415300858
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A meeting ground for mainstream social theory and contemporary feminist theory. * Brings feminist theory face to face with Pierre Bourdieu's social theory. * Demonstrates how much Bourdieu's theory has to offer to contemporary feminism. * Comprises a series of contributions from key contemporary feminist thinkers.
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Author Biography - Beverley Skeggs
Beverley Skeggs is Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester.
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