TITLE

'Klassengesellschaftlichkeit' nach dem Ende der Klassengesellschaft?

AUTHOR(S)
Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Berliner Journal für Soziologie;2011, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The new attention for (long time 'invisible') social classes is related to an increase in the inequalities between rich and poor. Especially in Germany it seemed that (reinforced by sociological theories) the class structures were replaced by a 'middle-class society' (Helmut Schelsky), by individualized social positions (Ulrich Beck) or by varying milieus. However, the class structures are also made invisible statistically. The structural role of the persisting dominant (even if often not experienced directly)-the distribution of the ownership of means of production-is manifested in the economic growth imperative, in the increasing concentration of capital, in the application of capitalist principles in other social contexts and in limited agency of non-economic fields, especially in politics. The existence of classes-contrary to popular perceptions-requires neither a collective class consciousness or class struggles, nor is it explained by the mere fact of social inequalities. A theoretical socio-economic analysis of the production and appropriation of values as a basic theory of social inequality is still missing.
ACCESSION #
60620202

 

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