Social consciousness is social awareness shared by people in a particular society. According to Karl Marx, humans enter into certain economic, or productive, relations with each other, and these productive relations eventually lead to a specific form of social consciousness.
Types of Consciousness
- For example, in the United States of America, a good deal of this social consciousness takes the form of individualism – the sense that we are self-sufficient, independent entities in our own lives. This is not to say that there is no individualism, however, because there is.
2. The second type of social consciousness, on the other hand, is collectivism, which consists of the feeling that we are part of an entity which has a definite purpose and life beyond our own. This consciousness is called communitarian consciousness, because it includes a feeling that we are a part of something larger than ourselves.
It may be in the form of a community or a nation, or it may simply be an understanding of the world as whole. Communitarians generally feel strongly about the need to share and be part of a community, because this is their greatest strength – a strength which their own individuality gives them.
3. A third type of social consciousness, and the most interesting, are collectivism in its most extreme form – the feeling that we are part of a society, even though we are individually insignificant or insignificant for the society.
Explanations of the Social Consciousness
There are many explanations for the rise of these three types of social consciousness in recent times, however. There are also many reasons why people are not comfortable with it. In this article, I will discuss some of the reasons for their dissatisfaction and why it might be time for social consciousness to change.
- There are two primary reasons why some people do not find social consciousness pleasant. First, because it seems to eliminate social difference, and therefore, makes social interactions seem artificial.
- Second, because they think that by being part of a community, they feel that they are taking part in a particular culture and they do not feel that they have their own culture, and their own identity.
- The first reason is quite simple. Some people feel that by being part of a group, you have accepted yourself into a certain culture. This is not the case for everyone.
- For some, this can sometimes lead to resentment, and conflict. Others, who feel like they have accepted themselves, have not, and this leads to hostility, and even hatefulness toward those who do not.
- For those who find it acceptable to be part of a group, they believe that there is something to be learned from the group. This is one of the major problems with communitarians – they believe that there is nothing that they know and understand outside their group.
- If they feel as if they are part of something larger than themselves, they feel as if they are learning something. And they feel as if by learning something, they are also participating in something greater than themselves.
But, I think it is important to remember that learning something outside your group will not make you feel that you are learning a culture, and that you are not part of something larger than yourself.
Even if you have learned something from the group, it could not be something that has an effect on your life. This is the second reason that people are not comfortable with social consciousness – they think that by being part of a group, they are part of a culture. This is not the case for everyone.