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Marx and Class Conflict

Marx and Class Conflict

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will examine Karl Marx class conflict through examination of means of production, capitalists, proletarians, class conflict, social inequality, and alienation

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Terms to Know
  • Alienation

    Separation from a group, activity, or society.

  • Capitalist (Bourgeoisie)

    Also known as the bourgeoisie, these people are the owners of the means of production.

  • Class Conflict

    Antagonism between social classes.

  • Karl Marx

    Nineteenth century German philosopher who studied the economic and social consequences of the rise of industrial capitalism. Marx has had a profound impact on the development of many social science disciplines, including sociology. In particular, his work is often cited as the foundation of much of the conflict theoretical tradition in sociology.

  • Means of Production

    The raw materials, machines, inputs, and factories used in the act of commodity production.

  • Proletariat

    Common laborers who do not own the means of production, only their labor.