W.E.B. Du Bois

Exam 4 Du Bois

Full point revision


Soulful Writings of an Era

          It is nonsense that people believe these perpetuated racist and sexist ideas are unchangeable.  People are merely demonstrating an utter acceptance of a force which has always existed and will continue to do so in the future if there is no change.  The idea of a double consciousness gives the impression of always having to look at one’s self through the eyes of others.  There are two souls which make up an individual.  The recent film crash allows the audience to view the different experiences of each race clashing together.  As the story progresses, we can observe how certain characters become aware of their double consciousness.

The scene where the couple gets pulled over is one such an example of this occurring.  The experience a double conscious through the different treatment they receive simply for being of color.  There is duality present in that scene where sexual violence towards black women is perpetuated by white males as well as the black community.  We see this through the husband’s acceptance of his wife being touched.  As long as male domination exists, it will always lead to the raping of women.  Thus particularly stripping colored women even further away from having any power control.  When the husband and wife are later shown arguing, she expresses her view which is that of abuse against a black woman is just the same as abuse for all women.  Yet she portrays what society views black folk as through her insults, way of speech, and sarcastic remarks of submission towards white dominant male figures.  This addresses my disappointment of a race which will be constantly surrounded by shifting forms of oppression, rather than truly being considered equal.

A concern of mine is how the invisibility of women, particularly women of color, is something accepted in our society.  We see instances of this in the film where all the female roles relating to the minority are shown in a negative lens.  In other words they are portrayed as having a position even lower than that of a white woman.  Sandra Bullock’s character is shown aggressively throughout the movie.  We are given the impression that she is able to share a portion of the power alongside her husband.  This shows that within their family she is not given an invisible presence.

Lastly through this interconnectivity of race, the idea of dependency  is strongly prominent.  The other female roles not discussed such as the Persian daughter, wife, and the Latina wife are not even given an authoritative role.  They are merely shown performing duties for their families.  If this does not reek of making someone almost transparent then I do not know what fully can.  This is almost entirely similar to the occurrences of compulsory sexuality post-emancipation times.  Women were not entitled to any resources so instead they were made out to marry men.  This enabled them to have atleast a chance at surviving.  This dependency and restrictive domesticity role leaves women no other option but to continue to act out against such unfairness.

Including an element of gender theory is something new to my previous theories.  If there are any other experienced bloggers out there with an expertise in this field please do not hesitate to drop a comment!

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Emile Durkheim, Uncategorized

Durkheim Reading Response

Initially going through this reading on my own I interpreted the Durkheim reading to be about two different types of unity in our society. However to me I understood it as mechanical solidarity being that of something an individual has no choice over having. An example would be people feeling connected through work, education, or lifestyles. The organic type I understood it to be the interdependence that rises from specializing work. Now after the discussion we had in class I more or less saw things more clearly on parts where I might have been a bit off. We see how mechanical solidarity becomes a more organized mentality where the function of group unity is ideally most important. So I see it as more of a routine behavior. While organic solidarity is based on the differences that each person has, therefore all becoming something collective as an end product.

Shifting away from Marx’s ideas, Durkheim was more focused on how things occur in our lives through natural means. It is amazing to see just how influential the division of labor is in society. It is a moving force for the two types of solidarity defined. The example used in class with the shifting of mechanical and organic solidarity was very enlightening. Seeing as how both sides are merely inversed, it helps to view it in a light of individuality not having any positive or negative aspects to it. Instead it is merely only a natural process which occurs.

Trying to decipher the idea of objectivity and how problematic it can be has me a bit stumped. Durkheim talked about how civilization can become an object of desire, in other words, becoming an ideal. The problem when something becomes ideal is that it turns into to something almost always unattainable because nothing is perfect. Another issue I can possibly see occurring is that when too much emphasis is put on a symbolic object the idea of what that thing really is loses value. Not sure if I deviated away from the main point but hopefully it’ll be clearer after seeing everyone else’s idea on the matter.

Karl Marx, Uncategorized

Development of Marxist Philosophy in China

This article connects Karl Marx’s ideas with what it happening contemporarily.  It is intriguing to see that writings of another time can still apply perfectly to what is happening today.  Currently there isn’t an actual revolution occurring but using the understanding of revolution provided by Marx as ‘a change in means of production’, we become aware that each country is revolutionizing their ways in order to become the bourgeoisie of all other countries.  In this case the article explains how China has the deepest rooted influence in terms of profits and stability.

Karl Marx, Uncategorized

Karl Marx Commodity

Karl Marx Commodity

The image resonates with the simple idea of class struggles. The idea is that the proletariats have to sell their own labor power since they cannot produce it on their own. So the phrase captured in the image has the sense that there is competitiveness present in business transactions. Not one person would give leverage to others therefore trying to maximize their own profits by not teaching others of their methods.