MARXISM

What is Marxism?

Karl Marx came up with the theory of Marxism, this theory depicts and examines the values in society from political to economical. Marx’s looked at social standings and classes, he believed that there shouldn’t be classes as he sees everyone as equal.

“The theory of class is at the centre of Marx’s social theory, for it is the social classes formed within a particular mode of production that tend to establish a particular form of state, animate political conflicts, and bring about major changes in the structure of society”.[1}

There was another name for Marxism, “The Critical Social Theory” the theory is strong in its views and is against lots of things. Such as, capitalsism, materialism, consumerism and democaracy.

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The image above is taken from the battle of Orgreave, it is a good example of Marxism. This showcases the divide within classes; you can specifically see who is in charge, who is of the authority and who is of the better social standing. The gentleman that stands out is obviously that of a working class as his clothing is much more casual (Jeans and a hoodie). The expectations of the classes are also represented as the man is clearly smoking a cigarette, this wouldn’t have had the same impact if someone of a different class was seen doing the same thing. This is expected to see in this class. The man or lower class stands out more as all the other people in the image are all uniform there all wearing the same and don’t individually stand out. The police officers are all wearing what you expect to see all the uniform associated with the force, also the hat.

The man of working class stands out as he is seen to be taunting the police officers, he does this by giving them eye contact and the facial and body language. The man doesn’t look phased that there are police officers lined up; he looks to have attitude (like he isn’t scared) and a relaxed body hold.

As a journalist it is important to consider classes when doing anything. should there be a divide between the social standings? I strongly feel there should be less emphasis on the differences of the classes however they are crucial as it allows the creative media sector to mould things to make them appropriate.

Bibliography

{1} http://www.britannica.com/topic/social-class

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Marxism.html

http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/undergraduate/introsoc/marx6.html

http://isreview.org/issues/32/crisis_theory.shtml

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