communism

(noun) An economic system based on the collective ownership of property and the means of production and a classless society.

Examples:

  1. CastroismFidel Castro (1926), Cuba
  2. Leninism(also called Marxism-Leninism) – Vladmir Lenin (1870–1924), Russia
  3. MaoismMao Zedong (1893–1976), China
  4. MarxismKarl Marx (1818–1883), Germany
  5. TrotskyismLeon Trotsky (1879–1940), Russia

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  • “Though Marx is often identified with the communist revolutions and social governments that appeared in many nations in the 20th century, Marx actually had little to say about communism or socialism. Marx was a utopian who centered his attention on capitalism and its internal dynamics, assuming that when socialism replaced capitalism many of world’s problems would disappear” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:12).

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Reference

Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

 

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How to Cite the Definition of Communism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “communism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/communism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

communism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/communism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “communism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/communism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“communism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/communism/>.