SOC 402 Karl Marx

SOC 402 Karl Marx - Karl Marx - A Critical Theory of...

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"It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness" - Karl Marx Name "Conflict Theory" was given later by anti-marxists (but not functionalists), "Critical Theory" taken by followers such as those in the "Frankfurt School" Three Theories of Social Change Change in ideas -> Change in Societies a. A person can harness the laws of social change to bring about positive change for everyone b. Comte (Idealism/Law of Progress) 1) Change in DPD-> Change in Social Structure/Solidarity a. Durkheim (Functional Differentiation) 2) Marx came before Durkheim, but was arguing against the theory that grew into functionalism a. Change in mode of economic production -> change in government, culture, etc. b. Conflicts of interest are submerged when economy and society are running well c. Marx had a very different Ontology - Belief about the nature of reality (in this case in regards to what drives society and history)
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 402 taught by Professor Jeremystraughn during the Fall '07 term at Purdue.

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