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Classical Marxism and welfare

Vic George

in Major thinkers in welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.003.0010
Classical Marxism and welfare

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This chapter examines the arrival of classical Marxism in northern Europe, which reflected the industrial transformation and rise in power and size of the working class. It looks at Marx and Engels' views on human needs and human nature, as well as the materialist conception of history. A critique of capitalism is provided, and the chapter also considers the relevance of Marxism to feminism and the position of women in society. The chapter introduces the concept of a communist welfare state, and shows that Marxism places social class at the core of its social theory. However, it also reveals that the views of Marx and Engels were neither detailed nor original.

Keywords: classical Marxism; industrial transformation; working class; materialist conception; capitalism; communist welfare state; social class

Chapter.  14620 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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