Marxism and class distinction

February 16th, 2009

Williams stated that we can free ourselves from an area or category once we better understand the embedded contradictions of the superstructure; the super structure itself need not be studied but rather the complex idea of determination.

The theoretical terms used to discuss class make it is hard to understand the examples or practicality of the matter.
Determination brings into the class structure something more than individualism, which is free will.
Williams never specifically addresses freewill in the chapters that we read but points to it in his critique of Marxism in the form of consciousness. In marxist theory, consciousness is completely a product of social conditioning. Here it is impossible for anyone to break out of the mold. Americans pride themselves on self-determination and Horatio Algers’ stories no matter how rare they have become. We can not deny the immense impact of social and economic conditioning, and some situations are much more influential than others. The single black mother in the projects has a class distinction that has more restrictions than the white suburban mother who has completed college. The theory of class has little to do in such clear cut realities. Is it really class that leaves the single black mother in her situation? No. There are no options to escape. Free will comes back into play in this situation. Does one freely chose to stay in their class?

Can determination truly free someone from their given class?
Are classes in America clearly defined and abided by?


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