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Capitalism and Society
A review of the affect of capitalism on society through literature and philosophy.
# 100443 | 1,493 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines the influences of capitalism on society. It does this by comparing and contrasting Henry Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and C. Wright Mills' "The Sociological Imagination" with two outside sources: Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "The Communist Manifesto". Through these sources, the paper aims to identify the various positive and negative influences capitalism has had on individuals, families, relationships, politics and on society itself.

From the Paper:

"But Weber disagreed with Marx's claim that social alienation is only a transitional stage on the road to man's true emancipation from the chains of capitalism and did not accept Marx's rigid assertion that capitalism had led to the expropriation of the worker
from the mode of production. Weber believed that what Marx defined as expropriation was simply an inevitable consequence of any societal system of rationally coordinated production.
In contrast to Marx's position on this issue, Weber argued that people could not participate in socially significant action unless they joined large-scale organizations."
"He conceded that upon joining such organizations they would have to place their own personal desires and goals secondary to the impersonal goals and procedures of the organization. This could have personal consequences in the form of social alienation, but the advantages of membership in large organizations would enable them to contribute
to socially significant actions. (Weber 98)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Death of a Salesman. SparkNotes. Online. Available: http://www.sparknotes. com/lit/salesman/. 18 November 2006.
  • Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich. The Communist Manifesto. E-Books. Columbia University Libraries. Online. Available: 19 November 2006.
  • Mills, C. Wright. "The Sociological Imagination." In Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings. New York: Westview Press, 1999.
  • Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997. ABI Inform. Online. Available: ?RQT=302&cfc=1. 19 November 2006.

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