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Not only is the Marxian theory of revolution difficult to fit into this contention. It is further belied by the extent to which these writers believed that the events of their century had made a distinctive and qualitative change in the character of human life; not commensurate with other centuries. 57. 8 Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society (3rd Edition, 1902) trans. by George Simpson, Glencoe, Illinois and London, 1947; p. 129. 4 Max Weber, Theory of Social and Economic Organizatioll, trans.

1 peno . d s It . h as b een. H ere rational eS C1ass . and . tests provide the source 0 f much 0 f t he mtegration m er b S" l 1 . 1 1 alty of mem ers. Iml ar y, an economIC c ass may act C;IIlInunallY, cherish its styles of life and develop strong . trinsic sentiments. Appeals to upper-class identity or to l~oletarian community are efforts to construct such groups ~n bases other than similarity of economic interests. Empirically, appeals to both interests and sentiments may operate at the same time in the same group.

We are members of families, neighborhoods, occupational organizations, nations, churches. We act and interact with others who may share those affiliations and with others who share none of them. A joke provides us with the introduction for this chapter. The story is told of a dying Jew who in his last hour asks to be converted to Christianity. His sons plead against it but the old man wins out, is converted and given the last rites of the Church. The children cannot understand why their father, always a devout and Orthodox Jew, should renounce his l~fe­ long faith and they prevail on him to explain.

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