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Consumption by Dr Robert Bocock, Robert Bocock

By Dr Robert Bocock, Robert Bocock

This booklet analyzes the most post-war positive factors of intake. It lines the historic improvement of intake and discusses the key contributions made through sociologists in discussing the topic. Robert Bocock is Senior Lecturer in Sociology on the Open college.

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These two structures overlapped within the educational systems of such societies, hence the pivotal role that Bourdieu gave to education in his analysis of how structures in socio-economic and cultural terms were reproduced over time. Those from economically wealthy backgrounds were able to maintain their position by access to education in both technically relevant skills and knowledge, but also, importantly, in cultural, symbolic skills, enabling them to compete with those from less wealthy families who had to rel~.

All ~ritings about h':lman actions necessarily imply, ImplICItly or explICItly, a moral phIlosophy, that is a view of how human beings are constituted, of how they could potentially act otherwise than they do, in ways which would maximise 'goodness' (not merely pleasure) for themselves and others. In considering the process of consumption in modem capitalism, the moral philosophical dimension cannot be avoided. It is necessary now to examine further Marx's writings on alienation and capit~lism to see what they can tell us about developing a phIlosophIcally grounded theory of modem consumption.

His labour is therefore not voluntary but coerced; it is forced labour. It is therefore not the satisfaction of a need; it is merely a means to satisfy needs external to it. Its alien character emerges clearly in the fact that as soon as no physical or other compulsion exists, labour is shunned like the plague. External labour, labour in which man alienates himself, is a labour of self-sacrifice, of mortification. (Marx, 1959: 72-3) In this quotation, Marx is beginning to develop the wider philosophical implications of alienation in industrial work processes.

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