The Theories Of Power And Domination Essay

1874 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
This essay will compare and critically evaluate the conceptions of power and domination that is found in the social theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Michel Foucault, and explain which of these theories are the most compelling to understanding how power works in the todays modern contemporary setting. To illustrate and argue this point, this essay will explore and evaluate examples in the modern setting on the operation of power. This essay will explore the works of these three social theorists and discuss and contend on which (if any) theories by Marx, Weber or Foucault apply to modernity. This paper will begin by outlining and analysing each of the fundamental key theories from the three social theorists aforementioned, compare and contrast the theories, and apply them to modern settings as well as arguing which of these theories are most compelling in understanding how power works in the present age.
It is important to understand that the social theories by Marx, Weber and Foucault discuss the complexities and intricacies of today’s modern economic systems i.e. capitalism, socialism and communism. For the most part, the majority of nations are mixed economies. However, it is important to define what exactly is capitalism, socialism and communism. Kaswan (2013) explains and defines capitalism as an economic and political system where individuals own economic resources and industry. A capitalist economy ideally promotes competition for resources thus increasing capital…

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