Alienated Labor Concept Analysis

Topics: Sociology, Psychology, Morality, Karl Marx, Marxism, Human / Pages: 4 (805 words) / Published: Jan 11th, 2016
Pick three major concepts you learned/read about.
The three major concepts I walked away with this week were the concept of (1)SPEC, (2)sociological imagination, and (3)alienated labor.
SPEC refers to the main Social Political Economic Cultural aspects that affect the way we reason. It provides a base of reasons for choices a human will make or will be forced to make. Sociological imagination is the ability understand the idea of social structure outside your own personal life. It is an ability that allows one to understand his options through the use of generations of historical examples. Employing it can help us avoid system traps we may be unaware of otherwise. Finally alienated labor is the concept that explains how a laborer can lose touch
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That is how I feel these concepts have changed my view of the world. I think I could sense there was some sort of pattern going on to our lives, but these concepts turn those feelings into concerns as real as you and me. This class is helping me see the traps that may lay ahead of my own wellbeing and self-realization.
The concepts mentioned above, have become mostly clear in my life in just the first week of class. The concepts of SPEC, social imagination, and alienation of labor are all clear reminders of the career in which I spent the last 10 years of my life. To clarify, I will use one situation from my work life that I think has a little of every part of this lesson wrapped inside it.
I came from a poor, but close-knit, immigrant family that through luck and sacrifice rose to upper class too quickly. Almost a decade after amassing this mismanaged wealth, it was squandered and became the cause for many of the problems in the family, including drug dependency, abuse, and the total loss of unity that we enjoyed before the money came in faster than it could be spend. By the time I was 18, I joined the Air Force to carve my own path in life. In hindsight it’s clear now how fucked we were from the
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It allowed me to create a life for myself independent of my family, however, in the process, I came to hate what I did for a living and eventually myself for doing it. I personally relate with Marx statement, “As a result, therefore, man … only feels himself freely active in his animal functions … [and] in his human functions he no longer feels himself to be anything but an animal. What is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal.” I joined the military, my brother joined a gang, but I see now it was for very similar social, political, economic, and cultural reason that affected our ability do discern what our best choices truly

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