Class Contempt

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Cueball Cueball's picture

Where does the term "false consciousness" appear in Marx? As far as I know the terms was evolved later and is expressly derived from some concepts that Marx did talk about, such as "commodity fetishism". As far as I can tell, this entire conceptual theme is largely about "consumer society."

Cueball Cueball's picture

You mean like this one: False consciousness

“False consciousness” is a concept derived from Marxist theory of social class.  The concept refers to the systematic misrepresentation of dominant social relations in the consciousness of subordinate classes.  Marx himself did not use the phrase “false consciousness,” but he paid extensive attention to the related concepts of ideology and commodity fetishism.  Members of a subordinate class (workers, peasants, serfs) suffer from false consciousness in that their mental representations of the social relations around them systematically conceal or obscure the realities of subordination, exploitation, and domination those relations embody.  Related concepts include mystification, ideology, and fetishism.

George Victor

A quick google :"Marx on false consciousness" turns up a host of references.

I'll chase down a couple a see.


Yep, wikipedia says it is of Engleist , not  Marxist, origin.

Hope that does not negate its usefulness.

George Victor

That's it.

Had thought I might see it appear in this thread sometime before this.

And if he related it to "commodity fetishism", I guess there is truly "nothing new under the sun ." Can't imagine why that escapes me, from time to time. FProbably something to do with memorySmile


George Victor wrote:

Can't imagine why that escapes me, from time to time. FProbably something to do with memorySmile

Or false consciousness? Smile

George Victor

Anything is possible in connection with the agin'  process.  It certainly isn't related to commodity fetishism. Can't get more parsimonious  than m'self at the moment.Laughing


Working class is a category based on a relationship to the system of capitalist production, rather than on wealth or income per se. The working class comprises those who derive their income primarily from the sale of their labour power to an employer....

I think as some others suggested, that some "self-employed persons" do fall in this category. Public agencies, organizations and so on saw a way to provide social welfare related services "cheaper" by not only creating contract work, but also contracting out "piece work." So one is paid for labour performed on a job (unit or piece) to job bases and thus self-employed. One is not paid by the hour but in completing the creation of the product. The example I am thinking of is Children's Aid Societies who have independent trained social workers complete home studies for potential foster, adoptive, or kinship homes. It's piece work where upon the completion of the homestudy one gets a "flat rate" for "services rendered". The agency will pay mileage, and other perscribed expenses related to completing the job, such as long distance calls. So the faster one can complete the home study (must meet family 3 times but could require more visits), and write the homestudy to perscribed format template, the time is money concept plays out. If one actually figured out in hours the rate, guess what, one is actually working below minimum wage. Make no mistake it is cheap labour based on "just in time production" and the self-employed worker is no uncertain terms a part of the working class with "professional" used as the cover. 

 Our kids live together and play together in their communities, let's have them learn together too!

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Closing for length.


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