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Intro to sociology, note set 4

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Intro to sociology, note set 4 SOC 1004

Thomas Salazar
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these notes include material for exam 2, inequality, social inequality, Marxist explanations of society and inequality, social classes
Introduction to Sociology
Neal King
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Introduction to Sociology, sociology, karl marx, marxism, bourgeoisie, Proletariat, owner-worker, social-inequality, inequality
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Date Created: 10/09/16
Note Set #4 Intro to Sociology INEQUALITY  Marxist Explanation [Karl Marx, 1818-1883] – Conflict Theory o Inequality is produced by individuals’ relations to the means of production in a society o Believed that all social inequality could be derived from one basic mechanism, which was the characteristic of the economy  Who owns, who benefits, who profits?  Capitalism: an “owner-worker” society defined by two features; o Means of production (MoP) are overwhelmingly privately owned o Workers are paid wages in exchange for labor  Marx’s beliefs: o There is one basic mechanism of social inequality from which all are derived o The MoP are all the physical means through which goods and services are provided o The economy is the heart of inequality  The most important part is the social relations within the economy  Who owns the MoP? MARX SOCIAL CLASSES DO YOU BUY LABOR OF OTHERS YES NO DO YOU OWN YES Bourgeoisie Petty-bourgeoisie MEANS OF PRODUCTION NO ~ Proletariat  The owner-worker relationship is central, and all other relationships are “epiphenomenal” o Religion, government, family, education, etc…  “The state is the executive committee of the bourgeoisie.”  The government exists to safeguard the interest of the owner class  “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”  Don’t worry about the daily grind, “earthly” equality is not the true reward  Class Conflict o Surplus value – after subtracting the costs of producing and maintaining labor, whatever is left over is surplus o Exploitation – the higher well-being of one party depends on the lower well-being of another party  Not all inequality is due to exploitation, nor is all of it even unfair or bad  However in an exploitative system, the basic economic interests of each class are fundamentally opposed: for the rich to be rich, the poor must be poor


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