Weber view on inequality

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  • Weber view on inequality
    • agreed with marx and said that inequality is caused by organisation of economy
      • but more to inequality than economic relationship
      • control of social power significanty in how it's organised
        • can control wealth, good looks, respect and knowledge (desirable but limited)
      • Marx = classes polarise in rich vs poor Weber = high social class and fragmentation
    • Weber view
      • power = ability to impose one's will over other's society organised in a system of power hierarchy
      • class power - unequal access of any person or group of people to possession or wealth
      • Status - some are viewed as socially superior (religious leader may be respected)
      • Party - being able to influence others in terms of rules and law creation
        • says class inequality is only variation important inequality - social power is key to understanding inequality not based on economy, social exclusion
      • Propertied class - money, status and political power. Professional class - have status and some money
      • Petty Bourgeoisie - small business owners, less status money and power but Working Class - little to no status,  high demand skills and social resources = old, young, unskilled and disables
    • Neo-Weber adapt ideas to modern society
      • Goldthorpe = used Weber idea to devise ways of measuring class (employment, relationship)
      • Borris and Norris - dual labour market - P = middle and ruling so good conditions, status (white males) S = low status, lack power (women or EM)
      • Giddens - middle class see skills based on educational and social qualifications to advantage in workforce.W.C can only see labour - vulnerable to tech changes;
      • Rex and Tomlinson - applied traditional ideas to race relations (marx dont account) so lack political power.


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