Essay on Sociology Does and Should Influence Social Policy Making’.
Conversely, Marxists reject the idea that the issues within society can be addressed by social policies and hence disregard the findings of the ‘Black Report’. However, Marxists do agree that society is riddled with inequality from class to class, but they do not expect that this will be something that social policy can fix. They believe that the state represents the ruling class and that social policies are made in their favour, in the interests of capitalism and not society as a whole. However, the social policies written by the state do; provide an ideological legitimation to mask capital exploitation, help to maintain the labour force with the NHS, and prevent revolution by the working class by buying them off through giving them the welfare state after WWII. Social policies, in the eyes of a Marxist, such as Marx, sociologists should work with government to improve existing social policies and to put in place new research that justifies society to help create a better society.