Class Structure and Social Transformation

Class Structure and Social Transformation

Class Structure and Social Transformation

Class Structure and Social Transformation

Synopsis

The study of class structure is crucial to the understanding of changes in society and social transformation, as these are based on class relations and class struggle.

Excerpt

The analysis of class structure and social transformation is the foundation of the macrosociological study of society in comparative historical perspective. An examination of the origins, development, and contradictions of social classes and class struggles over historical time and across national boundaries has been a preoccupation of social scientists concerned with social inequality and the impact of class on the structure and dynamics of societies around the world. Thus, the analysis of social classes and class structure constitutes the heart of the study of the structure and organization of society and social systems.

The process of transformation of societies from one social system to another depends on the nature and dynamics of class relations and class struggles that are historically specific in accordance with a society's dominant mode of production and its attendant superstructure. The study of the class structure of historical and contemporary societies, therefore, would inform us of the nature and dynamics of these societies and their transformation over time as determined by the level of development of their class contradictions.

The intensification of class struggles in a given social formation accelerates the resolution of the contradictions of a given mode of production through the revolutionary transformation of dominant relations of production. This in turn opens the way for an all-out struggle to transform social relations in general--a struggle that inevitably leads to a political rebellion to capture state power. The revolutionary overthrow of the ruling class of a decaying social system brought about by the unfolding class contradictions at the political level thus facilitates the emergence of a new social order. This process results in the development of society along the historical . . .

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