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The Social Thought of Karl Marx

The Social Thought of Karl Marx

June 2014 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Part of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, this brief and clearly-written book provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Karl Marx, one of the most revered, reviled, and misunderstood figures in modern history. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Marx’s major themes—alienation, economics, social class, capitalism, communism, materialism, environmental sustainability—and considers the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

1. The World of Karl Marx
2. Marx's Materialism
3. Alienation
4. Class
5. Historical Materialism
6. Economics
7. Ideology
8. Communism
9. Capitalism and the Environment
10. Further Readings

I found this book to a very good source for students who are experiencing Sociology at a higher level. It provides them with knowledge and understanding of marxist thought and moves them away from the basics.

Mr Michael Donaldson
Care Humatities and sport, North Glasgow Collge
May 29, 2015

A good text to support undergraduate courses.

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
May 14, 2015

Excellent overview to the holistic view of karl Marx, excellent quality for students new to Marx and also to explore with strong criticality. A highly recommended text for any sociology student.

Mr Lewis Simpson
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
January 25, 2015

This book provides an excellent insight into the thoughts of Marx. However, in my opinion it is more useful for the seasoned Marxist. Some prior knowledge of Marxism is necessary to get to grips with the ideologies contained in the book.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Sociology, University of Warwick
December 28, 2014

A really good overview. Will be recommending as a valuable addition to the students' general reading on Marx.

Mr Paul Muff
Division of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice, University of Bradford
November 10, 2014

An excellent book that traces meanings and concepts that informed a generation and that still influences today.

Mr Matt Kirby
Performance, University College Falmouth
October 14, 2014
Key features


  • Each chapter concludes with questions for thought, helping readers develop applications based on Marx's work.
  • A final chapter is devoted to suggested further readings, allowing people to deepen their knowledge of Marx's ideas.
  • A glossary of common terms used by Marx assists readers in learning Marx's terminology.
  • A chapter on capitalism’s impact on the environment allows readers to evaluate how our current economic system is a factor in ecological decay.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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