By Gosta Esping-Andersen

This booklet makes an important contribution in the direction of knowing the recent classification constructions of post-industrial societies and the altering techniques of social stratification and mobility. Drawing jointly comparative examine at the dynamics of social stratification in a few key western societies, the authors advance a framework for the research of post-industrial category formation. They illustrate the importance of the relatives among the welfare kingdom and the family, and the severe interface among gender and sophistication. Case reviews of the us, the united kingdom, Canada, Germany, Norway and Sweden research the differing software of those principles in person welfare states.

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Surprisingly, on the basis of the assets criterion, the Wright approach ends up defining the proletariat as a residual . See, in particular, Wright and Martin ( 1 987: 9). In fact, the marked differences in autonomy and authority between manual and service proletarians are evident from the data provided by Ahrne and Wright ( 1 983: 229). Surprisingly, this is ignored in their analyses. We may very well be overplaying the difference between unskilled manual This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by NetLibrary.

And, in part, the some­ times massive expansion in welfare state employment implies not only new occupational groups, but also the emergence of a huge production and reward system isolated from the operation of market forces. The conditions that govern the employment pros­ pects in the public sector are only remotely related to productivity and profitability; instead, they have to do with government fiscal capacity and the politics of collective choice. Traditional class theories were conceived in terms of an under­ standing of the state , the economy and the household that reflected the fordist, industrial capitalist order.

Transportation is more ambiguous because it encompasses both goods and people. Yet, in terms of volume its essence lies closer to distribution (Browning and Singelmann, 1978) . One can speak of an internal organic inter­ dependency between these sectors in the sense that the logic of mass industrial production necessitates mass distribution linkages, and vice versa. 1 7 In the other 'economy' , we find the post-industrial services, whose vitality derives from the fundamental changes in societal reproduction discussed above.

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