A question from Yahoo! Answers:
How can Karl Marx’s theory of alienation (and his other labour market theories) apply to the MODERN workplace?
Also, what are the instances where Karl Marx’s labour market theories FAIL to be of relevance to the MODERN workplace.
Karl Marx’s theory of alienation does NOT apply to ANY workplace. Alienation, as we understand it today, is a consequence of parental neglect suffered between ages two and six and thus has absolutely nothing to do with workplace.
Marx, being a genius, saw the problem and described it as best he could. However, he was not equipped to deal with it. They say, when the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems start looking like nails. Marx did exactly that; he treated the problem of alienation as an economic one, because no other way of treating it existed during his lifetime. Marx died in 1883, while Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, the founders of modern child psychology, were both born in 1896…