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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (23 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041530086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415300865
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Beverley Skeggs is Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester.

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"According to Manthia Diawara (1998), black working-class masculinity operates in popular culture as a mobile cultural style available to different characters in film, be they black or white." Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ElG on 9 Jan. 2008
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It is obvious that a very smart person has written this book. Drawing on Bourdieu, Foucault, Marx and others, Skeggs presents a constructivist approach to class, which is quite different from the more "traditional", objectivist conception. One central argument is that, in recent years, the appropriation of cultural resources has become increasingly important for the formation of classes and the exploitative power relations by which they are underpinned.
There are things I don't agree with (for instance, I believe there could be more room for "agency" in her analysis), but that's not the point: this is a book that is great to "think with", regardless if you agree with her or not. Very much a must read for anyone interested in issues of social inequality and power.
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Impressive. 3 April 2015
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Beware this is a dense, scholarly book. One third of it is bibliography. If you are interested in the development, identification, and maintenance of class - middle class and working class - the book provides a rich perspective. If you are interested in how you and your life fit into class and structure and how that influences your characterization of yourself and how you live your life, this book provides a rich perspective. It is deeply researched and clearly written, but its concepts and language are complex. Read it on Kindle so you can readily access any words you do not recognize, and highlight key points for future reference. Highly recommended for those interested in class…self….and culture.
The book is excellent and already a classic 11 Jan. 2015
By Thordis Thordardottir - Published on Amazon.com
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I lost my former sample of this book. I really wanted to have it in my collections so therefore I bought again. The book is excellent and already a classic. It has been a great inspiration for me exspecially during my PHD work.
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