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Subject/Keyword
Subjectification
Class Struggle
Aleatory Materialism
Capital
Political Economy
Consumption
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Mulcahy, Niamh A. G.
Supervisor and department
Datta, Ronjon (Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Kachur, Jerrold (Educational Policy Studies)
Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
Department
Department of Sociology
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-07-03T15:16:06Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis offers conceptual means for a broadened approach to political economy by examining the reproductive role of consumption in advanced capitalist societies involved in the production of value and class struggle. I argue for a shift in the Marxist perspective, from reproduction of the means of production, to subjugation of labour-power through the circuit of the production of value, where consumption is ostensibly the reproductive moment, and the emergence of a micro-politics of class struggle. I suggest that social formations are characterized by an accumulation of contingent contradictions, rather than a general class antagonism, that disrupts the reproduction of capital. In the first chapter, I analyze the production-consumption identity in the reproduction of capital. Secondly, I address contingency in capitalist social relations, followed in the third chapter by the relation of the working class with consumption. In the final chapter, I re-theorize subjectification under the capitalist mode of production.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3JP47
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