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In briefly evaluating the classical and modern explanations of social inequality it is essential that we step outside the realm of our own lives class position and discard any assumptions we might have about the nature of inequality This process of critical pedagogy allows us to view our world not from our perspective but from a wider more critical analysis of inequalitys nature Also it should be considered within this wider perspective that all theories of inequality have a class perspective where the theorist based on the position their theory takes is making claims from or for a particular class whether they want to or not With this in mind it seems that most of these theories come from fairly elite class perspectives and in turn tend to be more pessimistic about bringing change to the inequalities they are evaluating Of the classical elite explanations of inequality Max Webers seemed to be most accepted within the domain of sociology and other social sciences dealing with modes of inequality Weber who believes that we are living within a sort of iron cage which cannot allow us to look beyond the rules and regulations of our capitalist system emphasizes the importance of power relationships in society Those who are in class positions at the top of the apex of power distribution are the people who one hold most of the power in society and two make the choices for the direction and reproduction of society The majorities at the bottom of the apex with very limited power are unable to make choices that would bring them to their ends The core attributes of the economic system are alienation and the bureaucracy which create a dehumanizing effect on the characters within the system The bureaucracy with its rational legal authority clear division of labor career systems and impersonality is technologically more perfect than any other system according to Weber Within this structure Weber describes there being three dimensions
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