Woodcock, Jamie (2020). Exploitation. In: Ritzer, George and Rojek, Chris eds. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781405165518.wbeose090.pub2

URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/978140...


Exploitation involves an unfair relationship, in which one party benefits at the expense of another. Due to this unfairness, exploitation is a highly emotive concept, involving value judgments from different perspectives. In order to comprehend exploitation in sociological terms, it needs to be considered in this relational manner: understanding who is being exploited, why, and by whom. Throughout this entry, the key themes of exploitation will be discussed, including harmful or mutually beneficial exploitation, the role of paid and unpaid work, key theorists like Marx, and recent developments with digital technology.

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