The most significant impact that Marx theory of Marxism is his emphasis on class struggle a division between classes who clash in the pursuit of class interests. The first class, The Bourgeoisie or the materialist class owns and controls the means of production in society. The bourgeoisie developed hegemonic rule by using their economic power to centralise political power and to control all aspects of production including ideology, culture, state apparatuses. The state thus emerged as a repressive instrument, controlled by capitalist interests, to foster the reproduction of a society with a strict social hierarchy and hegemony one that fosters the maintenance of the bipolar class structure. The bourgeoisie has control of industry, or the economic engine of society, but also because those within this class seized state power by creating and controlling the post-feudal political system.
The latter consists of the base structures needed for the said societies production and operation; structures such as transport, energy and healthcare are part of the infrastructure. Institutions such as the justice system, military and family, among others, make up the superstructure. Marx viewed the 'state' as being in a relationship with society as one of control and subservience, respectively, therefore creating conflict. In Marx's theory of the state, he postulates the terms of mode/means of production, where the labour force are oppressed by the elite and owners of the production. He conferred that there were different stratifications, which formed economic bases, creating an ideological superstructure which consisted of juridical and
Generally speaking, ideology refers to a set of ideas, beliefs, values and rules that a social group is committed to. Marxist conception of ideology describes how the dominant ideas within a given society reflect and help to preserve the interests of a ruling economic class. In reality, ‘through ideology, the elitist social groups naturalize capitalist relations of production in a way that workers come to view the capitalist mode of production as the only viable option” (Stoddart). Hence, ideology is so powerful a system of ideas which the masses lack the intellectual capacity to understand how it functions and to resist its influences and outcomes. Gramsci speaks of “the hegemonic ideology of the Bourgeoisie” that offers “a kind of consciousness which concerns the realization of ideological interests of the subordinate classes” (Im, 1991).
This can be seen in the Marxist belief that the culture of capitalist societies is prevailed by ideas with the interests of the economically dominant class (Heywood 2003, 5). Thus, in this chapter we discuss and consider the ideas and ideologies, the nature of political ideology, political system, and voting behaviour in Indian context. Generally, ideology refers to the study of ideas while there is no agreed or certain definition for ideology, but a set of rival definitions (Heywood 2003, 5). The British political scientist, David McLellan, in his book “Ideology” (1995) declares that “Ideology is the most elusive concept in the whole of the social sciences.”
In instances where unions successes in securing economic gains are limited, workers look towards adopting political action, and Hyman believes that this can lead to workers challenging the capitalist structure of class domination (Hyman, , p. 8). While some consider unions can benefit broader social change, Lenin believes unions embed themselves within capitalism because they are organized as wage-earners rather than producers and as sellers of their labour power (Hyman, , p. 12). With the structure of unions becoming bureaucratic, Trotsky believed in the thesis of incorporation, wherein union leaders authority over their members assist in the organization and controlling of workers (Hyman, , p. 18). Although the goal of unions is to acquire more economic power for their members, the characteristics of wage-labour and bureaucracy
In his writing, he was focused on the social classes struggles for power with the working class against its capitalistic leaders. Marx founded that the market binds the individual producer to the market from which he consumes, as he is dependent on capital for his survival. The worker thus creates a surplus value for the upper class he labors for, helping large-scale industries dominate the market, and creating a larger gap in income inequality, inevitably leading to conflict. With this, Marx took a materialist approach in his philosophy, where he viewed society to be ever changing, and systematically developed in favor of the most dominant productive
This power in the Marxist paradigm held by the bourgeoisie and aristocracy results from their possession of the means of production, which in turn assures the unconstrained access to the superstructural goods, e.g. education and politics, that is cultural goods not related directly to the process of production. The access to those can perpetuate dependency between the oppressed and the oppressors as it maintains or regulates the social divisions. The feminist perspective, on the other hand, assumes men as the enemy with their patriarchal construct of womanhood imposed upon women along with
The endless categorisation, classification and subjectification through forms of domination based on how science objectifies the individual as the subject of language and the discourse of truth. S. 204 Subjectification relates to the way individuals subjectify themselves (Foucault, 1984). Foucault’s idea of subjectification relates to Bentham’s idea of the ‘Panopticon’. The model of the Panopticon is a tower placed in a central location within a prison in order for the guards to be able to observe each cell and its occupants at any given time (Foucault, 1977). It was designed in a way that the prisoners would be unable to know whether they were being observed at a particular time or not.
In order to understand Marxism one has to understand the concept of ‘Ideologies’. According to Marxism, Ideologies are system of beliefs which human beings follow in order to make sense of the world which they inhabit. Louis Althusser in For Marx defines two types of Ideologies. In the first type, he defines from the perspective of Capitalism. According to him, in a capitalist society, Ideologies are the set of beliefs which determine men and their relations in terms of profit for the ruling class.