Some Problems in Erik Olin Wright's Theory of Class
Nowadays, Erik Olin Wright's class theory is one of the most influential approaches to social differentiation, although in the mainstream social science the popularity of the so-called EGP class scheme is perhaps greater, Wright's framework has virtually no rivals amongst Marxists and neo- Marxists. Both those considerations add to the relevance of the present paper, which is a critical analysis of some of the most salient issues present in the aforementioned framework. Indeed, it turns out that Wright's flaws are more often than not shared by the remaining theorists dealing with social class or stratification. Nomen omen, one of those problems consists in failing to adequately distinguish between those two axes of differentiation. Perhaps the pivotal problem plaguing Wright's framework concerns his flawed understanding of ownership that cannot but reflect on his definition of class and exploitation. (original abstract)
- Burris Val (1980). Class Formation and Transformation in Advanced Capitalist Societies: A Comparative Analysis. Social Praxis, 7: 147-179.
- Carchedi G. (1977). The Economic Identification of Social Classes. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
- Collins Randall (1979). The Credential Society. New York: Academic Press.
- Levine Andrew, Erik Olin Wright (1980). "Rationality and Class Struggle." NewLeft Review 123.
- Miller D. (1996). London Review of Books, October 31.
- Mises l. (1936). Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, London: Jonathan Cape.
- Parkin Frank (1979). Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Poulantzas Nicos (1975). Classes in Contemporary Capitalism. London: New Left Books.
- Poulantzas N. (1973a). On social classes. New Left Review, 78; 27-54.
- Poulantzas N. (1973b). Political power and social class. London: New Left Books.
- Przeworski Adam (1977). "Proletariat into a Class: The Process of Class Formation from Karl Kautsky's The Class Struggle to Recent Controversies." Politics and Society 7:343-401.
- Reich Michael (1981). Racial Inequality: A Political-Economic Analysis. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Roemer John (1982). A General Theory of Exploitation and Class. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
- Savage M., Warde A., Devine F. (2005). Capitals, assests and resources: some critical issues, British Journal of Sociology, 56(1); 31-47.
- Sorensen A. (2000b). Towards a Sounder Basis for Class Analysis, American Journal of Sociology, 105(6); 1523-1558.
- Van Parijs Philippe (1982). Functionalist Marxism Rehabilitated. Theory and Society, 11; 497-511.
- Weber M. (1947). The Theory of Social and Economic Organization; being Part I of Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, translated from the German by A. R. Henderson and Talcott Parsons, London: W. Hodge.
- Wright Erik Olin (1978a). Class, Crisis, and the State. London: New Left Books.
- Wright Erik Olin (1978b). Race, Class, and Income Inequality. American Journal of Sociology, 83; 1368-1397.
- Wright Erik Olin (1983). Giddens's Critique of Marxism. New Left Review, 138; 11-35.
- Wright Erik Olin (1985). Classes. London: New Left Books.
- Wright Erik Olin, Luca Perrone (1977). Marxist Class Categories and Income Inequality. American Sociological Review, 42; 32-55.