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false consciousness


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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  • They say that they are fighting the same enemy as us, but they weaken us by taking recruits that should have come to us and by inculcating in them a false consciousness of the real nature of the world-historical struggle.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin


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