Americans like to believe that they live in a classless
society. Most Americans defiantly identify themselves as middle
class, although economic inequality is greater in the United States
than in most advanced Western nations.
Offering an important revision of conventional wisdom, Stanley
Aronowitz demonstrates that class remains a potent force in the
United States. Aronowitz shows that class need not be understood
simply in terms of socioeconomic stratification, but rather as the
power of social groups to make a difference. Aronowitz explains
that social groups from different economic and political positions
become ruling classes when they make demands that change the course
of history. For instance, labor movements, environmental activists,
and feminists have engaged in class struggles as their demands for
power reconfigured the social order. The emerging global justice
movements-comprised of activists from heterogeneous social and
political backgrounds-also show potential for class
Written by a prominent scholar and social activist, this book
offers a stunning reconceptualization of the meaning and
significance of class in modern America.
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