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Karl Marx on Society and Social Change: With Selections by Friedrich Engels (Heritage of Sociology)

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This volume presents those writings of Marx that best reveal his contribution to sociology, particularly to the theory of society and social change. The editor, Neil J. Smelser, has divided these selections into three topical sections and has also included works by Friedrich Engels.

The first section, "The Structure of Society," contains Marx's writings on the material basis of classes, the basis of the state, and the basis of the family. Among the writings included in this section are Marx's well-known summary from the Preface of A Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy and his equally famous observations on the functional significance of religion in relation to politics.

The second section is titled "The Sweep of Historical Change." The first selection here contains Marx's first statement of the main precapitalist forms of production. The second selection focuses on capitalism, its contradictions, and its impending destruction. Two brief final selections treat the nature of communism, particularly its freedom from the kinds of contradictions that have plagued all earlier forms of societies.

The last section, "The Mechanisms of Change," reproduces several parts of Marx's analysis of the mechanisms by which contradictions develop in capitalism and generate group conflicts. Included is an analysis of competition and its effects on the various classes, a discussion of economic crises and their effects on workers, and Marx's presentation of the historical specifics of the class struggle.

In his comprehensive Introduction to the selections, Professor Smelser provides a biography of Marx, indentifies the various intellectual traditions which formed the background for Marx's writings, and discusses the selections which follow. The editor describes Marx's conception of society as a social system, the differences between functionalism and Marx's theories, and the dynamics of economic and political change as analyzed by Marx.

Synopsis:

This volume presents those writings of Marx that best reveal his contribution to sociology, particularly to the theory of society and social change. The editor, Neil J. Smelser, has divided these selections into three topical sections and has also included works by Friedrich Engels.

About the Author

Neil J. Smelser is Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Neil J. Smelser

Notes on Reproduction and Editing

I. The Structure of Society

1. The Material Basis of Society

2. The Basis of Consciousness

3. The Basis of Religion

4. The Basis of Classes

5. The Basis of State

6. The Basis of the Family

I. The Economic Origins of Monogamy

II. The Effects of Machinery on the Family Life of the Factory Worker

III. The Effects of Machinery on Family Life in the Domestic Industries

IV. The Family under Capitalism and Communism

II. The Sweep of Historical Change

7. Precapitalist Stages of Development

8. Capitalism's Conquest

9. The Nature of Communism

III. The Mechanisms of Change

10. Competition and Its Effects on the Various Classes

11. The Capitalist's Search for Economies, and the Effects of Economies on Labor

12. Capital Accumulation and the Creation of an Industrial Reserve Army

13. Economic Crises and Their Effects on Workers

14. The Internationalization of Capitalism and Its Ramifications

I. India

II. China

15. The Historical Specifics of the Class Struggle

I. The Conflict between Machinery and Workmen

II. Class and Political Conflict in France, 1848-51

III. Class and Political Conflict in Germany, 1848-51

16. The Transition to Communist Society

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226509181
Editor:
Smelser, Neil J.
Author:
Smelser, Neil J.
Editor:
Smelser, Neil
Author:
Marx, Karl
Author:
Smelser, Neil
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Communism and society
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Heritage of Sociology Series
Series Volume:
9258
Publication Date:
19750831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.10x5.27x.55 in. .52 lbs.

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