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The Marxist Paradigm

The New Structural Social Work

Cindy-Lou McAfee

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of The Marxist Paradigm

Bob Mullaly
Third Edition The Marxist
Paradigm The New Structual Social Work Who is Karl Marx ? What was Karl Marx's
philosophy? Humanistic Karl Marx was deeply concerned
about the well-being and life
chances of the working class
in Victorian England. He and his colleague Friedrich Engles expressed this view by introducing
the communist manifesto.
Capitalist and social societies
The nature of society
Role of the state
Social problems
View of welfare
Human nature
Social change
Social justice Social issues Karl Marx's
focused on were: Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the development of social science and the socialist movement. With the rise of Capitalism there was a degradation of industrial workers that had no control over their work or product and people were living in squalor, insecurity, and poverty. It was apparent to Marx that capitalism was causing workers lives to be reduced to subsistence levels Industrial land owners “the capitalists” became enormously wealthy and their lives greatly enriched materially and politically. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 presented to a small group of left-wing radicals, The Communist Manifesto for transforming the world. Originally it was titled "Manifesto of the Communist Party", It has since been recognized as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. It is a document filled with ominous warnings for the complacent bourgeoisie, rich in the rhetoric of revolution. Friedrich Engels was a German socialist philosopher, the closest collaborator of Karl Marx in the foundation of modern communism. They coauthored The Communist Manifesto It was very clear the capitalist were living to the extreme, while the workers were not given equal opportunity.

Marxist view was that this is a collective trait, not individual.
By activating this, people create true community of human beings
Marx states, to produce as an authentic human being, is to express this deep community. Marx's
Social Views Social problems are the results of the
capitalist form of production because
of: Inequality
Means of productions in a
socialist society: Publicly owned
Receive according to their need
Contribute according to their ability
meet human need rather than profit
Production characterized by social equality In a capitalist society the means of production is privately owned, with class structure. Basically, it is private owners and those who work for them. Social Welfare: Prevention is a primary social welfare principal
Social services distributed according to their need
work together with family
Build as a community
Universal Social Work practice in a Marxist paradigm: A question for the Marxist social worker is whether or not radical social and political change can come from a social welfare institution in a capitalist society? Evolutionary
Revolutionary Karl Marx attitude toward this system of capitalism was of total rejection and devoted most of his working life to prove that capitalism was both unworkable and inhumane. Thank You Presented By:
Cindy-Lou McAfee Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi Human Nature: Means of production in a capitalist society:
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