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Introduction to Sociological Theory - Lecture 10

what is alienation the separation of workers from

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Unformatted text preview: ienated from each other because they compete for jobs Marx's Analysis of Change in Society A.) A Dialectical Perspective Marx believed that exploitation and alienation were both inherit to the capitalist mode of production; there is no way to get rid of exploitation and alienation if capitalism is not eliminated Can only be ended by overthrowing the capitalist system Marx argued that every social formation carries within itself "The Germ of its own Destruction"; within every social formation there is going to be a force or group that will express its opposition to the ruling regime and that composition is going to result in change; have to focus on the contradictions & conflict within this regime B.) The transformation from Feudalism to Capitalism 1.) Factors behind the transformation 1st change- there were changes in production there was the growth of large scale manufacturers; along with that came the demand for wage labourers 2nd change- had to do with growth of large-scale farms; associated with that was the wage- labourers rather than serfs to work the land 2nd change- serfs and lords were increasingly unable to compete with these large-scale farms; feudal lords started throwing their serfs off the land and started working as wage- labourers for the owners of factories The proletarians were starting to emerge, as well as the bourgeoisie 2.) Conflict Leading to the Transformation There was conflict between the emerging capitalist class & the feudal lor...
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