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class interest

  1. (MARXISM) the ‘objective’ economic interests of a CLASS arising from its location within a MODE OF PRODUCTION.
  2. (in a more general sense) any INTEREST that may be pursued or held to exist by, or on behalf of, members of a class.
Since it is clear that 2 may be at odds with 1 , numerous questions arise as to the ‘true’ basis of class interests, or whether multiple bases of class interests must be acknowledged (see CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS, CLASS IMAGERY, IDEOLOGY). However, for analytical purposes both uses of the term persist.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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The decisions ACTU leaders made to centralise union power, first by merging blue and white collar peak organisations in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then by taking responsibility for negotiating and policing the Prices and Incomes Accord with the Hawke Labor government, and finally by pursuing a policy of industry-based union amalgamations to concentrate union resources (Bray and Nielsen 1996; Griffin 1994; Matthews 1991; Singleton 1990) can all be viewed as the articulation of a particular class interest about how best to increase class power.
Similarly, it may be that, as Moshe Lewin argues, detailed central control is not a necessary feature of central planning but rather the result of politics, class interest, and arbitrary command decision making.
Interest may refer to personal interest, to class interest, or to a larger collective interest to which a person might sacrifice his personal interest; it can express itself as curiosity (an interest in mathematics or history, for instance), a desire of the mind to enlarge its horizons.
Despite today's shrill discord between the parties, the political class is more united by class interest than it is divided by ideology.
The objectives of this seminar are to present an overview of the practical aspects of compounding, to provide theory where it is helpful to predict behavior, to provide opportunities for one-on-one dialog for detail beyond general class interest, to utilize class expertise as a resource, and to provide references and contacts for participants to use as future questions arise.
Nowhere, in the history of our jurisprudence, has [the] power of the courts been more strongly exerted than in the matter of Negro rights, and nowhere has it been more swayed by prejudice and class interest. (Charles Chesnutt, "Courts" 1)
This fear, motivated by shortsightedness and narrow readings of class interest, gave birth to the defeatism that led to the Munich agreement.
If the nationalist leadership simply acts on its own narrow class interest within the context of global capitalism, the petty-bourgeois class will preserve and reproduce itself as a privileged class, perhaps becoming a national pseudo-bourgeoisie.
The link between this group and the nationalist movement is problematic particularly because it has created a cross class interest in the nationalist movement and undermined the traditional links between a progressive social program and a nationalist project.
Yet politics is not just a matter of class interest. A nation is formed by its culture and history.
KENNETH R Jarrett repeats his conviction that the working class, despite myriad other in|uences, should vote solely on what he thinks is their class interest (Letters, May 19).
The Antitrust Division, the FTC, and the private bar are full of honest lawyers who would be outraged at the suggestion that they are acting for personal or class interest, or that they are stretching the law in the interests of ideology.