false consciousness

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false consciousness

n.
In Marxist theory, an understanding that fails to recognize one's participation in the means to one's own oppression or exploitation, as when members of an oppressed class unwittingly adopt views of the oppressor class.
Translations
falsches Bewußtsein
허위의식
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Focusing on the decline of organized labor and the corresponding blow to the fortunes of the working class, this volume provides a snapshot of the decade that saw blue collar Americans rejecting the unrealized promises of sixties radicalism and moving toward the scapegoating and false class consciousness of the Reagan era.