In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Base and Superstructure

Base and superstructure

Marx used the metaphor of ‘base and superstructure’ to characterize the relationship between the economic structure of society (the base or infrastructure) and political and legal institutions, ideologies, mass media and individual psychology (the superstructure). Neither the state nor the law nor the human mind can be understood as autonomous things in themselves. Instead each ...

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