(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

Identifying class struggle outside commodity production

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



How to identify class struggle in conflicts outside commodity production in advanced capitalism. After a brief introduction it is shown why it is important to delimit class struggle theoretically and empirically. The recent recognition that struggles outside the capitalist workplace can be class struggles is documented. Criteria to identify class struggles in empirical practice are presented. Three recent conflicts in inner-city Montreal are assessed using the criteria proposed. In each conflict a local community and a working class confronts the state over the form of state-funded housing or health care. In conclusion, problems which remain in the conceptual formulation of class struggle in community conflicts are described.


Article of periodic

published at : Society and space London

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 2, no3 [pp. 309-327]

Bibliographic references : 39 réf.



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