A Sociology of the Soviet Union by Gary Littlejohn (auth.)

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Notes I. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. II. J. H. Gold thorpe, 'Social Stratification in Industrial Society', in R. M. Lipset (eds), Class, Status and Power, 2nd edn, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1967. The article was criticised at some length in my unpublished dissertation for the Diploma in Soviet Studies, University of Glasgow, in 1968, entitled 'Education and Social Mobility in the USSR'. The criticism was that the claim that stratification in the Soviet Union was phenotypically similar to, but genotypically distinct from, stratification in the West was empirically misleading.

However, even if one succeeds in defending such grounds, the very admission of a variety of determinants of the division of labour still poses a problem for any theory of class. This problem is that there is no reason to suppose that different determinants (whether legal, political, technological or whatever) will be equivalent in their mode of operation or effect. Even if only some of the determinants affect the class structure, the other determinants are still operative. Hence, even in a classless society, the social organisation of production involves various different demarcations between economic agents.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. II. J. H. Gold thorpe, 'Social Stratification in Industrial Society', in R. M. Lipset (eds), Class, Status and Power, 2nd edn, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1967. The article was criticised at some length in my unpublished dissertation for the Diploma in Soviet Studies, University of Glasgow, in 1968, entitled 'Education and Social Mobility in the USSR'. The criticism was that the claim that stratification in the Soviet Union was phenotypically similar to, but genotypically distinct from, stratification in the West was empirically misleading.

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