Homework Help

What did Marx contribute to sociology?

user profile pic

accge | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM via iOS

dislike 0 like

What did Marx contribute to sociology?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

rahelb | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Karl Marx contributed his part economic / part sociological theory, called Marxism, to the field of sociology. According to Marxism, it was unbalanced and unfair economic system that created tensions within society and caused class conflict. He argued that the wealthy and those who owned businesses exploited the working class in order to gain more wealth. It was because of this exploitation, that the working class becomes obedient while still feeling the tension of being inferior to he wealthy.

From a sociological standpoint, he argued that societal roles and class conflict played a large part in human behavior and how societies functioned. Modern discussion of sociological theory often references Marx's works when discussing class and conflict. He is considered one of the founding fathers of sociology and his work is still highly referenced today. It is mostly used to examine if and how people and society as a whole behave and respond in reaction to possible oppression from and conflict with higher classes of society.


Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes