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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2) Although we agree that leftist proponents of false consciousness use it as nothing more than a methodologically corrupt device to salvage empirically suspect theories, we argue here that false consciousness is a plausible concept.
Avoiding the CCCS defence of false consciousness (where all contradictions are attributed to the interviewees being too inarticulate or institutionalised to be able to perceive their actions with any clarity) while refusing to endorse the graffitists' frequent romantic posturings, Macdonald thus recognises the members of the subculture as the best people to comment upon it.
The Marxian notion of false consciousness returns in Vargas Llosa's work with a vengeance.
We therefore need a reflexive view of the subject which considers the functions of essentialism in interactive processes of self-building, rather than adhering to a view in which the subject is constructed through discourses of essentialism and hence suffers a built-in false consciousness.
As Stephen Blum writes in his conclusion, "Perceptions of cultural distance can take many forms, and the only way to avoid false consciousness of 'cultural purity' is to examine the transactions through which individuals and groups reproduce cultural knowledge" (p.
Against the organised false consciousness of mass society stands a personal vision, radically original, brilliantly conceived and executed with that rare gift of genius which, as Picasso acknowledged, is beyond human will.
Especially because Hindess seems, in his conclusion, interested in a more fluid understanding of power, it seems odd that he does not detail the ways that aggregated individual consent - reflecting either false consciousness or true needs - may be at odds with political participation.
According to Marx, ideology was twisted, incorrect, untrue--a false consciousness (see Seliger 31) alienated from the process of social reproduction and its foundations.
Plato, the first great figure in the latter tradition, set the theme of human existence in perpetual illusion, distracted from the reasonable conduct of life by false consciousness.
Much Left response has been to see these spectators as duped masses, getting false consciousness massaged.
rejects the post-1989 view of Marxism as forever discredited, insisting that, while much of Marx's work was time-bound and his critique of industrial capitalism too optimistic (in that his appreciation of its productivity ignored its environmental destruction), he pointed to the central problem in modern political economy: false consciousness.
JOHN ATTARIAN received his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan and is the author of Social Security: False Consciousness and Crisis (Transaction, 2002).