Lecture: three pillars of white supremacy

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17 Feb 2011
Karl Marx
Industrial England becoming at the time
First workers revolution: Russia
Key Ideas
oClass struggle is the engine of history
oTwo classes: property owners and workers
oMode of production characterizes each era
oUnder capitalism
The proletariat (workers) exploited by the bourgeoisie (property
Workers only own their own labour and this is what they
exchange for wages
Workers are exploited, what they produce are sold for more
money than they are paid (surplus values)
Landowner can make more money and progress, but
workers stay in the same situation- so gap between two
classes widen
They extract surplus values from workers
Division of labor
Mode of production under capitalism involves a division of
labour, ppl are put into specific segments of the labour
market, and they become more and more specific, becomes
This has an effect on worker themselves
Allows us to look at how certain workers get segmented
into certain parts of the market, whereas others do not
Worker has no connection with product, may not see it, do
not have same capacity to take pride in their work
Work is no longer a source of satisfaction for worker
Workers are deskilled, no longer a craftsperson
oWas a journalist
oClass struggle is the defining feature across all eras
oChange from feudal to industrial societies
Feudal: production of goods took place through craftsmen
Industrial: mass production
oLimitations of view:
Didnt fully get to explain what he meant by class
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key ideas: class struggle is the engine of history, two classes: property owners and workers, mode of production characterizes each era, under capitalism. feudal: production of goods took place through craftsmen. didn"t fully get to explain what he meant by class www. notesolution. com. did suggest that there are more than two classes- but that doesn"t explain a lot. society has changed a lot since he was writing. didn"t adequately deal with how race or ethnicity or gender play into it: women have a lower income than men, should they be considered a separate class. max weber (1864-1920: power is distributed thru various channels: political order: associated with decision making in society, different types of classes: social class: * could be in different ranks in these different classes, differs from marx: looks at how different factors affect access to power.

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