First published in 1984. This study critically examines the conceptions of social class employed by Marx and by modern Marxist writers, to probe their problematic areas and to propose certain modifications to those conception. The author also tests the conclusions deriving from this theoretical reflection against the task of analysing some aspects of the development of class relations in a particular social formation in Britain. This title will be of interest to students of philosophy and politics.

Acknowledgments;  Introduction;  1. Marx on Classes and Politics  2. Modern Marxists on Social Classes  3. Property Relations and the Impersonal Capital  4. Classes and the Financial Circulation  5. Economic Class Relations and the Socialist Project  6. Classes, Social Collectivities and Political Forces  7. Thatcherism, Classes and Politics;  Conclusion;  Notes;  Bibliography;  Index