The continued relevance and engagements of class

Kirk, Neville
December 1995
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter95, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p2
Academic Journal
The article offers some reflections upon the developments on social classes in Great Britain. A growing number of historical and sociological studies of gender, race, language, and political ideas have made three valid claims about the nature of society and identity: the complex and nuanced nature of personal and social experience; the multiplicity of personal and collective identities which inform and are shaped by experience; and the constitutive roles of agency and culture in the construction of identity and the social world. Labor historians should cover an unqualified welcome and engage with emphases on the complex, interactive, and changing nature of past and present constructions of identity. Thus, the extent and depth of class are to be measured within specific historical contexts and the explicit framework of analysis.


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