Gender and class analysis
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Much of the sound and fury in the class analysis 'arena' has been caused by people talking past, rather than to each other (Crompton 1993). As I argued in an earlier discussion (Crompton 1989), many of the disagreements relating to class and gender in particular have taken place because of a failure to recognise the distinction between two different approaches to class analysis. On one hand there are relatively abstract theories in which 'classes' are seen as social forces having an impact upon historical developments (for example, as in the theoretical accounts of Marx and Weber). On the other, there are empirical investigations of class structuring, consciousness and action. Prominent within this empirical work are macro-level approaches in which the employed population (sometimes as individuals, sometimes with their families) is grouped into 'classes' according to their location within the structure of employment (what I and others now describe as the 'employment-aggregate' approach).