Reaction to Collins Loren Toothbrush and Laces

Upload a two page MLA formatted response from any entry from the text Toothbrush & Laces: A Survey of Economics Within Sneaker Culture that applies Marxist theory. Please note that any response short of two full pages will procure the grade of 0% F. This assignment is due Sunday June 30, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Marxism notes are as follows:

Marxism

Marxism rose during the height of the European Industrial Revolution during the early 19th Century from the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles and continued to grow in popularity (particularly in Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and other developing industrial nations) until the latter half of the 20th Century. It is primarily concerned with the struggle between the social classes, particularly the ruling class (bourgeoisie) and the working class (proletariat). It focuses on ways in which this struggle takes place, such as literature and the arts, which often serve as the vehicle of the dominant class’ expression of thought and will. Key concepts of Marxism include commodification (the attitude of valuing things not for their utility but for their power to impress others or for their resale possibilities), consumption (the obvious acquisition of things only for their sign value and or exchange value), dialectical materialism (the theory that history develops neither in a random fashion nor in a linear one but instead as a struggle between contradictions that ultimately find resolution in a synthesis of the two sides. For example, class conflicts lead to new social systems), material circumstances (the economic conditions underlying the society. To understand social events, one must have a grasp of the material circumstances and the historical situation in which they occur), reflectionism (a theory that the superstructure of a society mirrors its economic base and, by extension, that a text reflects the society that produced it), and superstructure (The social, political, and ideological systems and institutions–for example, the values, art and legal processes of a society–that are generated by the base). Classical Marxism is found in the works of Karl Marx and Freidrich Engles while Modern Marxism is best observed in the works of Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Louis Althusser, and Antonio Gramsci.

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