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Estonia - Highly Unequal but Classless?

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Helemäe, Jelena; Saar, Ellu

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Abstract "In this short essay, we try to assess the utility of class analyses for understanding the contemporary Estonian society. Erik Wright (2009) identifi es three strands of class analysis: a stratification approach, a Weberian approach and a Marxist approach. We address the following questions: Which kind of class analysis is most present in Estonia today? Which is most needed? The main conclusion is that due to this marginalisation of class discourse, as well as the power of national/ ethnic discourse and transitional culture, those most economically vulnerable were deprived of the cultural and discursive resources to resist the most the extreme market-oriented policies. The conditions for structuration of class relations were created, while the class and inequality discourse was marginalised." (author's abstract)
Keywords social class; post-communist society; Estonia; social stratification; Marx, K.; Weber, M.; transition; social inequality; intergenerational mobility; social mobility; social change; property
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 49-58
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 4 (2012) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications