Class and Privilege
Examines the issue of social privilege in relation to one's class, using the works of Noam Chomsky and Marxist theories as references.
# 30076 | 1,540 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Aug 23, 2003 in Political Science (Communism) , Sociology (Theory) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)
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Pierre Bourdieu observed that human beings demonstrate a strong need to classify objects and groups. A large part of a person's identity is determined by how he or she is classified into social groups that are divided by factors like ethnicity, social or economic status, race and gender. In addition to identity, a person's social and economic privilege are derived from and defined by his or her economic class. In many ways, the economic class a person is born into remains a determining factor over other aspects of his or her life. This paper thus draws from the writings of Marxist theory and Noam Chomsky to examine the continuing influence of class and its concomitant social and economic privilege.
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