Weber & Du Bois Introduction to Sociology 2/22/12
Crises in CapitalismFrom a statement released by students occupying AthensLaw School, February 8, 2012:When we say that the crisis is structural and systemic we mean that thestructures of the political economy have reached an end, that their verycore has come under attack — that is, the process of value production.It is clear that for capital, we are spareable (see the sky-rocketingunemployment figures) and that at this point, the reproduction of labourforce is merely an obstacle in the process of capital accumulation. Themonetary-debt crisis, that is, the replacement of wages with loans, andthe inability of issuing of loans, lead the system into a vicious circle ofunsustainability. This happens, because it places under questioning thevalue of work itself, that is, the same relationship through which thosefrom below would fit into the roles of the system.
Discussion TopicsWhat is the difference and relationship between class andstatus?How would you summarize the key differences betweenWeber and Marx?What does Du Bois mean about about "being a problem"?What is double-consciousness and how does it relate to,and complicate, the idea of the looking-glass self and thegeneralized other?