Personal Reflection

Personal Reflection

After participating in this week’s discussion about the major social forces at work, reflect on the various perspectives and the real world experiences of yourself and others. These theories have led to extensive debate among scholars, economists, and politicians. It’s important to offer a space to debrief when discussing such topics. Use this journal to share the emotions that this week’s discussion brought up for you.

· Did you feel defensive when asked to connect your experiences with theory or when challenged to accept the connections of your peers? If so, what aspects of the theories or experiences did you find bothersome?

· Were there interpretations of your experience that you felt were inappropriate? If so, what do you think is the origin of your feeling?


Required References


BBC Radio 4. (2015, March 30). Max Weber and the protestant ethic [Video file]. Retrieved fromMax Weber and the Protestant Ethic (Links to an external site.)

BBC Radio 4. (2015, January 19). Karl Marx on alienation [Video file]. Retrieved fromKarl Marx on Alienation (Links to an external site.)

de Almeida, P. P. (2013). A contribution to the sociology of modern work. Portuguese Journal Of Social Science, 12(2), 151-162. doi:10.1386/pjss.12.2.151_1

Engels, F. (1847). The principles of Communism. Selected Works, Volume One, pp. 81-97, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1969. Retrieved from

Karodia, A. M., PhD., Soni, D., PhD., & Shaikh, A. (2014). Reexamining capitalism: exemplifying the question of the division of labour and the problems of bureaucracy: projecting on management discourse using some of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and MaxWeber in understanding some aspects of social theory. Kuwait Chapter of the Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review, 3(5), 33-44. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Weber, M. (1944). Max Weber on bureaucratization [Speech].  Retrieved from (Original work published 1909.)

Recommended References

Marx, K., & Engels, F. (1969).  Manifesto of the Communist Party. (S. Moore, trans.) Marx/Engels Selected Works, 1. Moscow: Progress Publishers, pp. 98-137. Retrieved from: (Original work published 1848)

Weber, M. (1930). (T. Parsons & A. Giddens, trans). The protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. Boston, MA: Retrieved from


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