Patterns of capitalist development
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Patterns of capitalist development book
The mainstream of stratification research seems to have experienced a loss of confidence in its central concept, the concept of 'class'. Nowhere is this loss of confidence more marked than it is in the case of the study of dominant classes. Announcements of the death of class have been preceded by obituaries for capitalist classes. There has always been some reluctance among mainstream researchers to recognise the existence of dominant, propertied classes, rooted in the ownership and control of capital, but a kind of surrogate research on 'elites' was, until the 1970s, a mainstay of stratification studies. (See, for example, the research in Britain of Cole 1955, Guttsman 1963, Bottomore 1964, Stanworth and Giddens 1974). Since the mid-1970s this kind of research has all but disappeared and in many countries it has been left to one or two isolated researchers to keep the issue alive.