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Eight ways in which Marxist theory is still relevant to an understanding of contemporary society

Posted by Realsociology on November 22, 2010

  1. A class based analysis of global society is still relevant if you look at things globally.
  2. Exploitation still lies at the heart of the Capitalist system if you look at the practices of many Transnational Corporations.
  3. If you look at the recent bank bail outs it appears that those with economic power still have disproportionate influence over the superstructure.
  4. If you look at how individualised we have become it appears that many people are still under ideological control – but we don’t realise it.
  5. Work is still Alienating for many people.
  6. Economic crises are still inherent to the capitalist system and that in recent years these crises have become more severe and more frequent.
  7. Capitalist exploitation is so bad in some parts of the world that there is vehement resistance to it.
  8. In Britain there are tens of thousands of people who call themselves Communists and who sympathise with Marxism and the wider anti-capitalist movement. Left Wing criticisms and the anti-capitalist movement is still very much alive today.

In the next four blogs, I will outline how each of these ideas is relevant in more detail. This is designed to coincide with the teaching of Marxism in the A2 Theory and Methods syllabus and should be of use when answering an exam question such as ‘Assess the relevance of Marxist Theory to an understanding of contemporary society’.

One Response to “Eight ways in which Marxist theory is still relevant to an understanding of contemporary society”

  1.   Anna T. Says:

    Excellent.

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