1st Edition

Class in the New Millennium
The Structure, Homologies and Experience of the British Social Space

ISBN 9780367876975
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

Class in the New Millennium paints a fresh and comprehensive picture of social class in Britain today. Anchored in a broad repertoire of methods and pursuing a distinctive theoretical agenda, it not only painstakingly maps the structure, transformation and effects of the UK’s key fault lines but goes behind closed doors to see how they play out in everyday family life.

Throughout the book Atkinson throws new light on a diverse array of themes, including: the continued effects of deindustrialisation, educational expansion, feminisation of the workforce and surging employment insecurity; the persistence of lifestyle cleavages despite cultural and technological change; the growth of political disengagement, the transformation of the Labour Party and the rise of nationalism; the entwinement of class with space, place and physical movement; and the way in which class interacts with intimate relations to shape not just the way we decorate our walls or talk over the dining table but the very reproduction of the class structure itself.

This innovative title will appeal to scholars as well as advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the fields of sociology, politics and political science, cultural studies, cultural geography, social policy and social work.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures  Acknowledgements  Chapter 1. Introduction  Part I: Field Analysis: The British Social Space and its Homologies  Chapter 2. The Social Space and its Transformations  Chapter 3. The Space of Lifestyles  Chapter 4. The Space of Political Position-Takings  Part II: Lifeworld Analysis: Class, Place, Family  Chapter 5. National Space, Urban Space  Chapter 6. Local Space  Chapter 7. Domestic Space I: Decor and Regionalisation  Chapter 8. Domestic Space II: The Spatio-Temporal Articulation of Fields  Chapter 9. Love and Social Reproduction  Chapter 10. Conclusion  Appendices  References  Index

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Will Atkinson is Reader in Sociology in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.