The relationship between class and political identities or behavior



Write a double spaced 1000 words critical reaction memos that respond to this prompt (What is the relationship between class (on the one hand) and political identities or behavior (on the other)? Do you think that class trumps other social categories? Why or why not?) based on the assigned readings attached below (chose one). The goal of the memos is to practice the skill of identifying the key issues and debates within specific literature, describing the positions of scholars within that literature, and commenting critically on those positions and the state of the debate. A high-quality memo should not simply summarize the readings, but rather offer a critical discussion of the underlying issues they address.


Weber, Max. 1973. “Class, Status, Party.” Chapter 7, Sections 2–8 in From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Edited and translated by H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. Oxford University Press,
Madison, James. 1987. “The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection (continued).” Essay 10 in The Federalist Papers. Edited by Isaac Kramnick. Penguin Classics.
Dahl, Robert. 1977. “Subcultures, Cleavage Patterns, and Governmental Effectiveness.” Chapter 7 in Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition. Yale University Press
Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. 1978. “Manifesto of the Communist Party.” In The Marx-Engels Reader. 2nd ed. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. W.W. Norton & Company. Note: Skip the preamble.
Acemoglu, Daron, and James A. Robinson. 2001. “A Theory of Political Transitions.” American Economic Review91 (4): 938-963.





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