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Foundations of Class Analysis

Опубликовано на портале: 23-12-2002
Факультет: Department of Sociology
Дисциплина: Социальная стратификация
Язык: Английский
Язык оригинала: английский
Тематические разделы: Социология, Социальная стратификация

This course will explore a broad range of issues in the Marxist tradition of social theory and social science. I refer deliberately to the Marxist tradition rather than Marxism as such. Marxism, like other isms, suggests a doctrine, a closed system of thought rather than an open theoretical framework of scientific inquiry. It is for this reason, for example, that Creationists (religious opponents to the theory of biological evolution) refer to evolutionary theory as Darwinism. They want to juxtapose Creationism and Darwinism as alternative doctrines, each grounded in different articles of faith. It has been a significant liability of the Marxist tradition that it has been named after a particular historical person and generally referred to as an ism. This reinforces a tendency for the theoretical practice of Marxists to often look more like ideology (or even theology when Marxism becomes Marxology and Marxolatry) than social science. It is for this reason that I prefer the looser expression the Marxist tradition to Marxism as a way of designating the theoretical enterprise. Foundations of Class Analysis 3 I feel that the broad Marxist tradition of social thought remains a vital setting for advancing our understanding of the contradictions in existing societies and the possibilities for egalitarian social change, but I do not believe it provides us with a comprehensive doctrine that automatically gives us the right answers to every question. The overall objective of this course is to provide a rigorous introduction to the core concepts, ideas and theories in the Marxist tradition of critical social science. The course will revolve around six broad topics: The theory of history; class structure; class formation and class struggle; the theory of the state and politics; ideology and consciousness; socialism and emancipation.

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