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Unformatted text preview: 2. The Relations of Production: As I've noted, people cannot produce anything without entering into various social relationships and this idea simply encompasses the different kinds of social relationships into which people have to enter at various times in order to produce commodities. This involves both individual / personal relationships (for example, in the Middle Ages the main productive relationship was between a Noble / Lord who "owned" land and the peasant / serf who worked on the land. In our (Capitalist) society, the main productive relationship is between an employer and an employee) and, most importantly, group relationships. In Capitalist societies such as our own, it's possible to identify different broad social groupings - groups of people who share a basically-similar position in the production process. Marx called these groups "social classes" and we will look at their theoretical significance in more detail in a moment....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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