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Conflict Theory: A theory of Power I. Karl Marx (1818-1883) a. Opening line of The Communist Manifesto (1848) reads: “They history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.” i. Problem began with the introduction of private property. Human beings lived in a Utopian society. But with the introduction of private property (which is unnatural, and according to Marx, based on theft, everything changed). ii. Ushered in class society. The bourgeoisie owned the means of production and the proletariat worked for them. iii. Notion of the “Dialectic” or “dialectical Materialism.” Thesis, Antithesis and synthesis. Capitalism is Thesis, proletariat (seeds of capitalism’s destruction) will produce thesis (socialist society). iv. Always look to the economic sphere as defining a society b. Alienation: losing ourselves in the external world by becoming an object and not a subject. We are alienated by thinking of ourselves as a commodity. c.
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