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Reimagining Class in Australia

Marxism, Populism and Social Science

Authors: Paternoster, Henry

  • Offers a new critique and appraisal of the successes and failures of Marxist class analysis of Australia during the 1980s
  • Considers how contemporary Australian society can be understood from a historical perspective as shaped by class analysis
  • Engages with works by Raewyn Connell and Terence Irving, Andrew Wells, and Andrew Metcalfe
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This book re-evaluates New Left and Marxist texts from the 1980s, in order to explore problems facing the study of ‘class’ which have emerged within Australian and international theories. The author contrasts the popular ideas of Connell, Bourdieu and the ‘Death of Class’ thesis, with those of lesser known texts, concluding that no single definition can account for the various historical meanings of class. Instead, loosely following Castoriadis, the concept of class can best be understood as creatively imagined and institutionalised. Paternoster proposes that class is best studied through historical phenomenology, which can be used to link political economy, cultural sociology and anthropological ethnographies. This approach allows the contributions of Marxist and New Left authors to be reintegrated with contemporary theories. Doing so highlights the significance of labour populism, while cautioning against the ahistorical applications of texts such as Bourdieu’s Distinction.
Reimagining Class in Australia will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, history, political economy and anthropology.

About the authors

Henry Paternoster is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Why Class?

    Paternoster, Henry

    Pages 1-20

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  • Imagining Class in Australian History

    Paternoster, Henry

    Pages 21-65

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  • The New Left and Marxism

    Paternoster, Henry

    Pages 67-96

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  • Connell and Irving’s Class Structure in Australian History

    Paternoster, Henry

    Pages 97-139

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  • Wells’ Constructing Capitalism and Political Economy

    Paternoster, Henry

    Pages 141-178

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55450-1
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Hardcover 89,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55449-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reimagining Class in Australia
Book Subtitle
Marxism, Populism and Social Science
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55450-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55450-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55449-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 279
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