Post #3: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat

Marx writes about things in such a way that make you feel inadequate, but not because of any other reason then the truth. I’m going to use my job as an example for some of his theories- I work full time at a Marriott hotel in Times Square as a front desk agent. Everything about my job is corporate, and my supervisors are very “to the book” when it comes to everything. The owner stays at the hotel from time to time, and the way he has all my managers stressed out making sure that the room is in perfect condition (they have 4 people inspect back to back), and making sure they accomedate him in every possible way is a perfect example of the bourgeoisie and proletariat theory. The owner of the hotel is the bourgeoisie, and everybody below him from assistant general manager all the way down the ladder to the housekeeping staff- we are the proletariat. In the review power point, the professor put, “other classes- landowners, petty bourgeoisie and peasantry- are eventually swallowed up by one or the other,” and that is the point I’m trying to make. No matter what you own, and no matter how high up you think you are there will always be somebody who sharpens your sense of class consciousness and makes you feel like the rich or poor. Ever since my first semester of sociology when I learned this I knew this would stick with me, because it’s something that is constantly in your face- from who your boss is to who you are the boss of.

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One response to “Post #3: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat

  1. I really like how you broke down Marx’s idea. It is true that when you think about society it is shaped in such a unique way. Eventhough we might be a civilized species when closely analyze society might become more modernized by technology and many other things, but certain things stay with us. No matter how much society develops these theories will always have an influence because individual still seem to behave in similar ways in present time to past times. This Bourgeoisie and Proletariat theory can be traced all the way back to ancient greece or the roman empire where there were individuals who were working for the owners of production without much say in their role.

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