Comprehending Class conference

Jeremy Seekings addressed a plenary session of a conference on "Comprehending Class" in Johannesburg in June.  The conference, organised by the universities of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand, brought together scholars examining the concept, meaning and consequences of class in South Africa and elsewhere.  The other plenary speakers were Erik Olin Wright (University of Madison), Alex Callinicos (King's College, London), Jose Alcides Santos (Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil), Satish Deshpande ((Delhi University) and Mike Savage (Manchester University).  Jeremy Seekings' paper examined the significance for the analysis of class in South Africa of the ideas about risk and individualisation put forward by the German sociologist, Ulrich Beck. More information about the conference is available on the conference website.