False Consciousness

False Consciousness - act of god, luck, or other factors...

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False Consciousness Robertson's (1989:176) definition is "a subjective understanding that does not correspond with the objective facts of one's situation." Karl Marx would argue that workers experience false consciousness when they mistakenly identify with the capitalists. The worker might believe that if he only works hard enough, he might secure a better position in society. The worker might blame poverty on laziness or lack if education. They may also hold minor positions in society, but still feel like they have "made it." For example, a worker who has a small savings account and who owns a few shares of stock might tend to think of themselves as an investor rather than as a worker. Marx argues that the poor do not realize that their miseries are a shared phenomenon that results from their oppressed status. Instead of blaming the system they blame their circumstances on fate, an
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Unformatted text preview: act of god, luck, or other factors beyond their control. Henslin (2004:172) suggests that workers experience false consciousness when they identify with capitalists. 2. Class Consciousness Class consciousness refers to "an objective awareness of the lower stratum's common plights and interests as an oppressed group." At this point they begin to question the legitimacy of the system. They begin to build their own ideology which justifies and supports their class interests and consequently seems revolutionary to the dominant stratum. VII. Data Project #2 Data Project # 2 Socioeconomics on the Texas Border with Mexico (See project guidelines) VIII. Portraits of the Classes The following material is taken from Charon (1986). The percentages are rough estimates....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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