Portland State University. Department of Sociology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
ix, 216 leaves 28 cm.
Demographics, Karl Marx -- 1818-1883, Population, Malthusianism
A critical review of Marx on population is made to determine if the modern Marxist population thepry can validly claim to follow from Marx. An historical review of population thought from the Greeks to Malthus is made and a dominant trendline is identified. Marx's population thought is presented and it is compared to Malthus. Anomalies in Marx are discovered. A new perspective on Marx using the history of demography is advanced in which Malthus is found deviating from the dominant trend line and Marx's criticism of Malthus as focusing on these specific points of deviation. Marx is found defending the dominant trendline against Malthus and not as advancing an original theory of population. Remaining problems with Marx are noted. The conclusion rejects the modern Marxist claim.
Jermain, David Orval, "Marx on population: a critical review including a comparison to Malthus and a new perspective on Marx" (1975). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 823.