Class, status and power

“Marxists, when he stated that class position does not necessarily lead to
class-determined economic or political action. He argued that communal class
action will emerge only if and when the “connections between the causes and the
consequences of the ‘class situation’ ” become transparent; Marx would
have said when a class becomes conscious of its interests, that is, of
its relation, as a class, to other classes. Yet Weber’s theory of stratification
differs from that of Marx in that he introduced an additional structural
category, that of “status group.”

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