Traditional Marxism

Traditional Marxism - Traditional Marxism In a similar way...

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Traditional Marxism In a similar way to Functionalist theory , Marxist conflict theorists see: 1. Institutions as significant objects of study, in terms of why institutions are created by people, the kind of purpose each (inter-related) institution serves and so forth. 2. The socialisation process as significant for our understanding of both "society" and our general position within that society. 3 . Social structures - not individual meanings - are the most significant object of study. Unlike Functionalist theory , however, Marxist conflict theorists: 1. Do not see "society" as a "living thing" that exists over and above people. Marxists do not commit what is called the " error of reification ", insofar as they recognise that "society" is the product of people's behaviour. If people create the social structures within which behaviour is ordered then, of course, they are perfectly capable of changing the social order. .. 2. Do not see the basis of social order as being " shared values " and basic consensus over agreed social goals / ends. On the contrary, they see "shared values" and "consensus" as being mystifications - a way of manufacturing and manipulating people's perception of the social world to suit the basic interests of a ruling class. 3. See society / social systems as being in a constant - inevitable - state of conflict . Social order
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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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