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No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste and Hierarchies
Jeremy Seabrook
Price: $ 10

After nearly two centuries of industrialisation, social relationships tend to be defined by whether you are an owner, a manager or a shop-floor worker. In older but less industrialised societies, notably India, the caste system defines inherited and fixed positions in society. In totalitarian regimes, a hierarchical structure is created through party allegiance and bureaucratic or military rank.

In this book Jeremy Seabrook begins with a comprehensive historical survey, from feudalism to the emergence of the working class in 19th-century Europe. It shows how, especially in England, workers first half of the 20th. But recently, it can be argued, these rules have been declared obsolete. With globalisation, traditional societies are being replaced by an international working class and a small minority of the global rich. In such a situation, who is to guarantee social justice?

Jeremy Seabrook is the highly respected author of Victims of Development, In the Cities of the South and Love in a Different Climate. He lives in London.

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