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false consciousness

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In Marxist theory, a failure to recognize the instruments of one's oppression or exploitation as one's own creation, as when members of an oppressed class unwittingly adopt views of the oppressor class.

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  • n. A faulty understanding of the true character of social processes, due to ideology

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