Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

William W. Bankston

Abstract

Stratification researchers have directed their efforts toward tracing the emergence of and speculating about the composition of a New Class which is forming as American capitalism expands. In their endeavors, three sets of theories occupy center stage: Expert New Class theory, Managerial New Class theory, and New Working Class theory. To empirically test each of these theories, the 1991-1992 Class and Class Consciousness data set were employed. Of the three sets of theories, Managerial New Class models offer the most promise for future research and explaining the changing nature of the American social structure. Moderate support is also provided for Expert New Class and New Working Class theories. As a consequence, future analyses must be directed toward attempts to synthesize the three approaches.

Pages

180

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