Write a 5-7 page paper (double spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) on one of the topics below. Your title page and bibliography (and any other pages that are not writing) do not count towards the page count. Please cite all your sources, with an accepted citational standard of your choice. For sources, you may only use readings assigned in class.
1. Earlier in the course, we looked at theories of capitalism which hold that the exploitation of labour by capitalists is the source of capitalist profits. In this module, we’ve looked at how, by taking advantage of systems of social hierarchy, profit rates can be pushed even higher by superexploitation. First, give two different examples of superexploitation faced by various social groups (e.g. gendered, racialized, and immigrant groups) and describe how these examples are distinct from the concept of exploitation. Explain which social mechanisms sustain the examples you have given. In addition to capitalists, who else benefits? What does this kind of analysis offer us about the relationship between capitalism and social power, and how we might overcome powered hierarchies which inhibit human freedom?