This title was first published in 2001. This detailed study of European trade unions also addresses academic concerns about the continuing relevance of the class concept as an analytical tool. As a social movement, the trade union has always used the class principal to unite and defend workers, and the diverse contributions to this volume enable the more accurate positioning of class discourse within both the debate about trade unions and wider sociological inquiry.

chapter |12 pages


Modernisation of Trade Unions and Class Analysis

chapter 2|42 pages

The Transformation of Social Classes

From ‘Deproletarianisation’ to ‘Individualisation’?

chapter 3|22 pages

Class Identity in Contemporary Britain

The Demise of Collectivism? 56

chapter 4|28 pages

Social Segregation in a Working-class Community

Economic and Social Change in the South Wales Coalfield

chapter 6|20 pages

Union Participation in the Netherlands

Differences Between Traditional and ‘New’ Employees

chapter 8|28 pages

Urban Centredness as a Source of Variation in Middle-Class Formation

Evidence from North London
Edited ByTim Butler

chapter 13|10 pages

Does Class Still Unite? Concluding Remarks