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False and Class Consciousness Relationships (between fellow workers)

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False and Class Consciousness Relationships (between fellow workers) Workers are forced to sell their labour to capitalists for money in return Division of labour - jobs being divided between numerous people People de-value what they do as they don't see the final product Workers are artificially separated from other people as they have separate specific jobs Relationships (between capitalists & workers) ...read more.

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While class consciousness is the possibility that the proletariat will develop an acute conception of how capitalism works and how it affects them (but they can't do anything about it) * It is startling that the Bourgeoisie experience false consciousness as it is they who are exploiting both the system and the proletariat to their advantage. Superstructure - all the institutions that support the infrastructure (economy) ...read more.

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'reification' argument and idea that capitalism is independent; it clarifies the power of the capitalists Underestimated flexibility of capitalism Re-affirms idea that the labour of a worker is necessary for capitalism to survive Too radical Concern with human emancipation Ideologically biased - places too much importance on economy rather than other institutions; too political Provided an alternative to Functionalism Generated a number of concepts: free-market economy, fetishism, reification, ideology and alienation ?? ?? ?? ?? Andy Watkins U6W 13/09/2005 ...read more.

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