Erik Olin Wright (February 9, 1947 – January 23, 2019) was an analytical Marxist sociologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, specializing in social stratification and in egalitarian alternative futures to capitalism. He was known for diverging from classical Marxism in his breakdown of the working class into subgroups of diversely held power and therefore varying degrees of class consciousness. Wright introduced novel concepts to adapt to this change of perspective including deep democracy and interstitial revolution.[8]

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Erik Olin Wright
Wright lecturing at Kyiv University in 2013
Born(1947-02-09)February 9, 1947
DiedJanuary 23, 2019(2019-01-23) (aged 71)
Spouse
Marcia Kahn Wright
(m. 1971)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisClass Structure and Income Inequality[2] (1976)
Doctoral advisorArthur Stinchcombe[3]
Other advisorsMichael Reich[3]
Influences
Academic work
DisciplineSociology
School or traditionAnalytical Marxism
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (1976–2019)
Doctoral students
Notable students
Main interestsMarxist class analysis
Notable ideas
Websitessc.wisc.edu/~wright
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