Globalization and transnational class relations: Some problems of conceptualization

Abdul Rahman Embong

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This article argues that class analysis in the post-cold war era is still valid and that transnational class relations is an important topic for investigation when studying globalization. However, such a study is replete with many theoretical and methodological problems which have yet to be resolved. Using the pioneering works of Cox and Sklair as its starting point, this article addresses the problematics of conceptualizing transnational class relations in the context of capturing a globalization process by focusing on three interrelated issues: (1) globalization and the reconfiguration of class relations; (2) emerging global class structure and the dominant class; and (3) subordinate groups vis-a-vis the dominant class. Cautioning that one should not overwork the concept in our theoretical endeavour, and not to assume the formation of transnational classes just because there are domestic classes that serve in global forces of production, this article raises several questions in the conceptualization of transnational class relations and offers some new propositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-1000
Number of pages12
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Globalization and transnational class relations : Some problems of conceptualization. / Embong, Abdul Rahman.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 6, 2000, p. 989-1000.

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