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Title:The interconnection between processes of state and class formation: problems of conceptualisation
Author:Benthem van den Bergh, G. vanISNI
Series:Occasional papers
City of publisher:The Hague
Publisher:Institute of Social Studies
Geographic term:developing countries
class formation
Abstract:Since the available terms are insufficient to conceptualise class formation processes in post-colonial societies new termes are continually being introduced, on the basis of ad hoc criteria and without relatting them clearly to a theoretical framework. This is also the case with respect to state formation processes. In this paper the author attempts to conceptualise more adequately the interconnections between processes of state and class formation. He first examines the Marxian concept of class and the Marxian theory of the state, and attempts to demonstrate in which respects and why Marxian conceptualisation and theory is inadequate. The alternative he develops is based on Norbert Elias' theory of state formation processes.