Major Social Forces at Work
Consider the major social forces in the workplace, such as poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and social status, and reflect on the readings and your personal experiences. Describe at least three of the major social forces that impact work organizations and the labor market of most interest to you. Ground your response in scholarship by integrating the findings of two scholarly articles that expand on the theories presented in the readings. Compare and contrast your findings with the major sociological theories of Marx and Weber, and others as relevant.
BBC Radio 4. (2015, March 30). Max Weber and the protestant ethic [Video file]. Retrieved fromMax Weber and the Protestant Ethic (Links to an external site.)
BBC Radio 4. (2015, January 19). Karl Marx on alienation [Video file]. Retrieved fromKarl Marx on Alienation (Links to an external site.)
de Almeida, P. P. (2013). A contribution to the sociology of modern work. Portuguese Journal Of Social Science, 12(2), 151-162. doi:10.1386/pjss.12.2.151_1
Engels, F. (1847). The principles of Communism. Selected Works, Volume One, pp. 81-97, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1969. Retrieved from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm
Karodia, A. M., PhD., Soni, D., PhD., & Shaikh, A. (2014). Reexamining capitalism: exemplifying the question of the division of labour and the problems of bureaucracy: projecting on management discourse using some of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and MaxWeber in understanding some aspects of social theory. Kuwait Chapter of the Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review, 3(5), 33-44. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Weber, M. (1944). Max Weber on bureaucratization [Speech]. Retrieved from http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/users/f/felwell/www/Theorists/Weber/Weber1909.pdf (Original work published 1909.)
Marx, K., & Engels, F. (1969). Manifesto of the Communist Party. (S. Moore, trans.) Marx/Engels Selected Works, 1. Moscow: Progress Publishers, pp. 98-137. Retrieved from: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ (Original work published 1848)
Weber, M. (1930). (T. Parsons & A. Giddens, trans). The protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. Boston, MA: Retrieved from http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/WEBER/cover.html
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