To encourage you to join the online discussion, students have the opportunity to post on any themes or concepts from Durkheim or Marx (10/3, by midnight/11:59pm). If you’ve already written blogs, just make sure to cover new ground in your post — comparisons/contrasts of Marx and Durkheim are especially encouraged. To refresh your memory, here are their “key concepts”:
Durkheim: anomie, social facts, social solidarity, mechanical solidarity, organic solidarity, collective conscience, ritual, symbol, sacred and profane, collective representations
Marx: class, bourgeoisie, proletariat, forces of production, relations of production, capital, surplus value, alienation, labor theory of value, exploitation, class consciousness
Here’s some supplementary content related to the Durkheim and Marx texts:
* Rec’d (text): “I, Capitalist (accounts from a life under the empire),” (T. Smith) Slingshot, Issue #109, 2012. Note: This piece approaches the “problem” of capitalism in the form of a personal narrative — highly recommended!
* Rec’d (text): “Thirty More Years of Hell” (Connor Kilpatrick) Jacobin, 2/6/2012. A “Millennial Manifesto”?
* Rec’d (video): “Communist Manifesto Teach-in @ Occupy Chi,” 10/16/2011 (7 min). A St. Xavier prof makes the case for the ongoing relevance of the Manifesto and situates the question of exploitation in today’s universities.
* Rec[d (video): “Thoroughly Modern Marx, Pt.1,” Real News Network interviews Leo Panitch, Professor of Political Science, York University on the revived interest in the theories of Marx.