chapter  9
Class
ByPepi Leistyna
Pages 11

The global economy has ushered in a new phase of social and economic relations made possible by innovative technologies, transnational institutions, and the logic of neoliberalism. Regardless of the neoliberal promise of prosperity for all, the structural dimensions and inequalities of social class remain profoundly in place. Cultural class has more to do with taste, education, and lifestyle, or what is also referred to as cultural capital. Gender discrimination affects women's class position. Across the board women earn less than men regardless of education, and they often work a double shift as part of the paid labor force and as unpaid caretakers of the home and family. Regardless of the neoliberal promise of prosperity for all, it is more than obvious that the structural dimensions of social class within this economic logic remain profoundly in place. Many advocates of the global justice movement are already trying to democratize globalization rather than pave the way for neoliberalism.