Social Class in Europe: New Inequalities in the Old World

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    Alexis Spire, Cédric Hugrée, Etienne Pénissat

    Publisher: Verso

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 224 pages

    ISBN: 9781788736282

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Mapping the class divisions that run throughout Europe

Over the last ten years the issue of Europe has been placed at the centre of major political conflicts, revealing profound splits in society. These splits are represented in terms of an opposition between those countries on the losing and those on the winning sides of globalisation. Inequalities beyond those nations are critically absent from the debate.

Based on major European statistical surveys, the new research in this work presents a map of social classes inspired by Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology. It reveals the common features of the working class, the intermediate class and the privileged class in Europe. National features combine with social inequalities, through an account of the social distance between specific groups in nations in the north and in the countries of the south and east of Europe. The book ends with a reflection on the conditions that would be required for the emergence of a Europe-wide social movement.

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“If you are interested in the future of socioeconomic inequality, class structure and political mobilization in Europe, you should read this book. Cédric Hugrée, Etienne Penissat and Alexis Spire develop an innovative and powerful empirical-quantivative and conceptual-analytical framework in order to offer a transnational perspective on social class in Europe. I very much hope that this work will be followed by sociologists, economists and social scientists and of all stripes and others. A must-read!” Thomas Piketty

Book Details

Author: Cédric Hugrée
Author: Etienne Pénissat
Author: Alexis Spire
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781788736282
Size: 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
Year: 2020

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