11.01.07 Thurs - Everyone’s equal no one’s being...

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Karl Marx 1818 1883 Conflict Theory 1) People have basic interests that they are pursuing 2) Power at core of social relationships 3) Ideas as weapons of competing groups Economic Primacy: society driven by material forces. Social divisions- based on property relations 1) There are those who own the instruments of production. EG land owners/ factory owners 2)Those who own their own labor and get paid for it. EG Anyone who works under a boss and gets paid by someone higher up. EG factory workers, professors, engineers, teachers, etc. 3) Those who partly own their labor but they are bound by others. EG indentured servants, serfs. 4) People who own nothing. Eg: Slaves. “The history of the world is the history of the class struggle” –Marx Class Conflict -conflict of interests: Slavery Feudalism Capitaism Communism Dialectical materialism ends when you get to Communism.
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Unformatted text preview: Everyone’s equal, no one’s being exploited. Workers alienated from the product and the process. Also alienated from fellow workers, and also become alienated from self (people are creative beings, when not able to exercise creativity, become alienated from self) 1) alienation from product 2) alienation from process 3) alienation from fellow workers 4) alienation from self--------------------------------------------------------------Erik Olin Wright: -contemporary sociologist at university of Wisconsin. Still alive and active. -Specifies a Marxist vision of class in relationship to American Society. -Class location based on workplace relations, not occupation-In work place relationship 3 things are important 1)relationship to property 2) relationship to authority (how much authority u have) 3) relationship to scarce skills-...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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