Sartre’s Absent Whippet

P.N. Furbank

  • The Psychology of Social Class by Michael Argyle
    Routledge, 305 pp, £13.99, December 1993, ISBN 0 415 07955 1

The sociological method of studying social ‘class’ is hopelessly misconceived. The trouble with it is basic: it has mistaken the nature of the subject. The sociological method flouts two fundamental truths. The first is that the proper way to study ‘class’ is by introspection: by prolonged reflection on what is going on in oneself when one thinks ‘class’ thoughts – a most devious and complex business, full of ruses and logical paradoxes.

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