Max Weber's Analysis Of Social Class

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Karl Marx and Max Weber were sociologists born in Germany during the 19th century. Both sociologists contributed various different outlooks on different social situations; with several of Weber’s outlooks adding on to those of Marx’s. The focus of this assignment is the comparison and contrast of Marx’s and Weber’s theoretical analysis of social class. These aspects will then be further analysed and illustrated using examples in modern society and more specifically in South Africa.
Karl Marx spent the better half of his life in Britain, during the start of an industrial revolution as well as a shift away from a communist leadership (Intelligence Consultancy Namibia, 2012). Marx’s theory on class, known as the Marxian class theory, described
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Marx believed that proletariats were the sole reason why the bourgeoisie were so successful, thus they should decide what their jobs entailed and how much their salaries should be (Kautsky, 1910).
Marx’s theory of class can be summarised by the term coined by Marxist thinkers: “false consciousness” (Little, 2011). This term elucidates how the capitalist bourgeoisie mislead the proletariats to hide the society’s state of affairs concerning the exploitation of the proletariats. Marx believed countries were run in favour of the bourgeoisie but were portrayed as if they were run to favour the larger interest of everyone.
Max Weber did not fully agree with Marx's simplistic materialistic class stratification views. He believed that owning material possessions such as property was only a part of what determines a person’s class (Bartle, 2017; Cardiff.ac.uk, 2017). Weber did not believe, as Marx did, that this class struggle would give rise to a proletariat uprising and start changing the structure of classes in
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The government will give the country “false consciousness” about the countries state of affairs while the bourgeoisie get richer and the proletariat carry on working hard to achieve a false hope of moving into the bourgeoisie class. This was given the term pauperization by

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