Communication+and+Popular+Culture+-+Hegemony+and+Resistance+-+Marxisms

Communication+and+Popular+Culture+-+Hegemony+and+Resistance+-+Marxisms

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Communication and Popular Culture Hegemony and
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First things first Anyone who has extra credit, hand it in now.
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Marx “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
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The Marxist Approach Texts and practices must be analyzed in relation to their historical conditions of production. Each significant period in history is constructed around a particular “mode of production” The way a society is organized to produce the necessities of life
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Modes of Production Each mode of production produces: Specific ways of obtaining the necessaries of life Specific social relationships between workers and those who control the mode of production Specific institutions (including cultural ones)
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Relations of Production Each mode of production creates a different relation of production: Slave/Master Boss/Employee In a sense, class position is determined by place (or inherited place) in the relation of production.
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Marxisms How society produces its means of existence (it’s particular mode of production) ultimately determines the political, social and cultural shape of that society and its possible future development. Based on certain assumptions about the relationship between the “base” and the “superstructure”
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The Base A combination of the: forces of production: raw materials, tools, technology, workers and their skills… relations of production: class relations of those engaged in production
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Consists of institutions (political, legal, educational, cultural, etc.) and the
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