Theories of Culture I: Race, Class and Gender: Final Essay Topics
Please write an argumentative essay of 1,500 words (with an acceptable deviation of 10%) on one of the following topics. Each essay should have a detailed thesis statement (at the end of the introduction) and should offer an informed analytical and theoretical engagement with the chosen topic, supported by concrete evidence (in the form of quotations from and references to specific texts). Please underline your thesis. Since this course is a theory module, it is crucial that you thoroughly engage with the theorists and theoretical concepts mentioned in the topic description and illustrate that you have understood them.
4. David Harvey writes that “we live, after all, in a world in which the rights of private property and the profit rate trump all other notions of rights.” Critically discuss Harvey’s Marxist analysis of the city. How do we see capitalism at work in the city and why does Harvey see the city as an ideal laboratory for asserting a new “right to the city” as a way to counter the rights of private property and the profit rate?

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David Harvey, just like Karl Marx believed that the owners of means of production and capital are capable of doing anything to maintain their status quo. It is along this line that Harvey posited that private property and profit oriented businesses are the major controllers of how people live in the city. His position on ownership of private property and interest rates are the major causes of resistance in the city. Both theorist are unanimous that the there exists a gap between the rich and the poor. Additionally, there is a form of struggle that exists between the two classes which at times end in revolutions.
Karl Marx posited that the bourgeoisie, being the owners of the means of production, wield a lot of influence as they control other institution that shape people’s lives. This means that the rich set the standards under which the poor, the proletariat, live. It is therefore true that after accumulation of capital through selling of surplus products, private ownership of property becomes the inevitable definition of wealth and status quo in the society. Domination of the poor by the rich is the basis...

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