POL3739 STUDY GUIDE - POL3739 STUDY GUIDE Wednesday...

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POL3739 STUDY GUIDE Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm Sociological (SES) Conception of Class Definition of class that takes into account your socio-economic status; most widely employed…fairly  recent concept-post WWII; leading notion of referring to class; determined by 1. education 2. income 3.  status/job prestige. Categories to fit into…. 1. upper 2. middle 3. lower. Wealth is not necessarily  mentioned  Historical/Exploitative Conception of Class Notion of class that makes a distinction between the “have” and the “have-nots”; slave=owners-slaves,  landlords-serfs; roles come about again w/ emergence of capitalism… difference between bourgeoisie  and proletariat. Marx…classes did not always exist…came about at particular stages in social evolution.  Class is a SOCIAL relationship (not assumption between upper, middle, and lower class in SES  definition)…at the heart of historical is EXPLOITATION. Marx’s Das Kapital….how capitalism  works… exploitation of the laborer (only paying for six hours but makes them work 12….thus basically  getting free labour). Inherently conflictual relationship…material realities bring about the class  consciousness  Worker Anyone who has to sell their labour to survive; dependent class. Didn’t always exist…for much of history  ppl had their own access to land, so could survive off of that. Comes into existence when ppl being  pushed off land…. Proletariat (working class) v. bourgeoisie. Exploited by the capitalist who assumes 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POL 3739 taught by Professor Nimtz during the Fall '07 term at Minnesota.

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POL3739 STUDY GUIDE - POL3739 STUDY GUIDE Wednesday...

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