Mike Savage (London): Karl Marx and the Twenty-First Century Analysis of Social Class
17 Bloomsbury Square
Karl Marx and the Twenty-First Century Analysis of Social Class
The much discussed growth of top incomes and wealth across many nations has led to a new interest in whether Marx’s emphasis on the prime class divide between bourgeois and proletarian has renewed relevance today. This lecture will review the critical arguments of economists such as Piketty, Stiglitz, and Milanovic to consider whether we can usefully detect a ‘global capitalist class’. It will further consider how we can use Marx’s concept of accumulation to give analytical insights into the nature of contemporary class formation.
Mike Savage is Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he is Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute. He has long-standing interests in the analysis of social class, and his co-authored book, Social Class in the 21st Century (2015), which draws on his research on the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, has been a best-seller.
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