april 9 - alienation lecture

april 9 - alienation lecture - April 9 - ALIENATION LECTURE...

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April 9 - ALIENATION LECTURE Alienation central to most of his major works—the word itself does not appear all  that much, but the concept is central Economic phenomena are also social phenomena—what happens in economics  translate into the lives of the individuals embedded in economic relations This keeps central the idea that capitalism is founded on class struggle—  Wages and profits Bourgeoisie owners of the means of production Proletariat sellers of their labor—like any other commodity The wealth obtained by mass production is appropriated by the capitalist not the  worker The worker separated from the fruits of labor—the worker, just like the product  itself is just another commodity—the worker becomes an even cheaper  commodity than the product Worker sinks to the level of commodity Two classes—owners and the propertyless Devaluation of people in direct contrast to the increase in value of the product Labor does not only create goods, but it produces itself (the commodity to be  bought and sold in the market) The object produced is independent of the producer—the product that the worker  makes belongs to the Bourgeois owner This distortion between product and worker (producer) is called objectification Servitude to the object—worker becomes a slave of the object
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOC 10101 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Notre Dame.

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