The concept that I chose to explore from the reading was class consciousness, because I find Marx’s ideas about class warfare to be interesting. Marx believed that when the working class developed class consciousness or “recognized their class interests, common oppression and an understanding of who their oppressors are,” (Eitzen, Bacazinn and Smith, 9) they would organize a revolt against the current social system. This concept is important to sociology and a sociological understanding of society because it can explain why some people are unhappy with their social status and the ways they try to seek reform. A few ways that this concept helps me to understand society better are because class consciousness also can be used to explain peoples motivation to elevate their social status. When individuals realize that they belong to a lower social class, they are motived to try to increase their status in society. Achieving a high social class is a goal of many people in our capitalist society and can partly be explained by class consciousness.
I created two memes that help explain this concept: