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Consumption, Class Struggle, and Subjectification: Rethinking the Reproduction of Capital

  • Author / Creator
    Mulcahy, Niamh A. G.
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3JP47
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Datta, Ronjon (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
    • Kachur, Jerrold (Educational Policy Studies)