Abortion According to Marx, Weber, Simmel, and Bourdieu

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The issue of a woman’s right to her own body, within the last few decades, has become a progressively intriguing social dilemma in American society. More specifically the topic of abortion is not as taboo as it was thirty years ago although the debate has continued as to whether or not the decision should rest solely on the woman. Merriam Webster defines abortion as the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus as induced expulsion of the human fetus. This is a controversial subject that can be argued quite effectively for or against a woman’s right to choose. The three major sociological perspectives of conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and functionalism all take a different stance on abortion. These theoretical viewpoints are shared, in no particular order, to sociologists Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. The following will attempt to explain these sociologists’ viewpoint on the issue of abortion and how the woman might arrive at the decision to either continue or terminate her pregnancy.

Karl Marx was a conflict theorist and is also known as the father of the conflict theory perspective in the field of sociology. In modern American society Marx would be pro-choice, but inversely he would not be supportive of all abortions. According to his views specific stages in history happen for a reason and are followed by more historical events, which will ultimately lead to the perfect society. In his “Communist Manifesto,” he writes about the struggles between the bourgeois and proletariats and that without this struggle there would be a classless society. Marx would believe that abortion, in American society, provides a the bourgeois or upper class an advantage against class uprising such as the one’s he wrote about in his Manifesto. His negative views towards capitalistic society would not change, but he would agree that for America’s economy, to be...
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