The book incorporates three alternative conceptions of class.
Erik Olin Wright''s structural Marxist account is set alongside
John Goldthorpe''s occupational class schema, and the
Registrar-General''s prestige and skill-related categories. The
authors use their unique data on inequality and conflict in
contemporary Britain to provide, for the first time, a rigourous
comparison of Marxist, sociological and official class frameworks.
The book ranges widely across such topics as sectionalism in the
workforce; privatism of families and individuals; fatalism; gender
and class processes; sectoral production and consumption cleavages.
The authors conclude that class is still crucial in structuring
economic, political and social life.