The Works Of Richard Robbins : Global Problem And The Culture Of Capitalism

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The works of Richard Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, and Allan Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference, address privilege, inequality, and capitalism through sociological and historical references. Through reading and analyzing these works along with our class lectures it has become apparent that there is a clear relationship between these systems. Capitalism causes and enforces systems of inequality and privilege. Capitalism is able to do this through the construct of social reality, the matrix of capitalist domination: segmentation of class, gender, and race, and through the manipulation of society by capitalistic culture.
To begin, the construct of social reality in a capitalist system reinforces systems of inequality and privilege. This is done mainly through the creation of dominant culture. Within our society, members are identified, classified and categorized by social characteristics. This stems from the social construction of reality. Johnson explains this concept through sociologist’s diversity wheel. It examines ones’ race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, religion, relationships, education and much more to create a generic identity for a person based on what society deems as reality and significant (14). An example of this is the construct of Irish immigrant’s identity in society. Although their physical characteristic was of fair skin, the social reality deemed and identified them as non-white through the construct
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