For us, one of the more challenging questions raised by class analysis is whether a social class inevitably begins and ends with a nation-state. We speak of a British class structure or a Swedish class structure, but we might equally argue that class structures have their origins in a global economy dominated by advanced capitalist enterprises. So might it be the case that the affinity between a member of the middle class in Britain and a middleclass Swede is greater than that which either has to their workingclass or upper-class compatriots?1