DSpace Repository

On Alienation and Imperialism: Synthesizing the Work of Herbert Marcuse and Samir Amin

On Alienation and Imperialism: Synthesizing the Work of Herbert Marcuse and Samir Amin

Show full item record

Title: On Alienation and Imperialism: Synthesizing the Work of Herbert Marcuse and Samir Amin
Author: Hornstein, Sarah Shoshana
Abstract: This dissertation builds on the idea that there is much to be gained by bringing Western Marxism and Marxist theories of imperialism into engagement with each other through synthesis of the work of two key figures: Herbert Marcuse and Samir Amin. Using Marcuse to supplement Amin (and vice versa) provides for a more complete understanding of capitalist imperialism on a world scale. This lends Marcuse an applicability/relevance currently denied to him while also allowing for an updating of his theory that accounts for changes in the operation of capitalism since his time. It also enhances Amins work insofar as it can be used to augment his analysis of the capitalist centres and their relation to the periphery. A key objective of the analysis this dissertation undertakes is to produce a more robust theoretical approach capable of increasing our understanding of the world and positioning us to better meet the challenges posed for human emancipation from an exploitative, alienated existence of suffering.

Chapter 1 provides the necessary background for engaging with both Amins and Marcuses analyses of alienation by focusing on the work of Marx, Lukcs, and Freud. Chapter 2 engages in explicit discussion of Amins analysis of the world capitalist system and its development. Chapter 3 is concerned with Marcuses work and begins with discussion of the emergence of one dimensional thinking and technological rationality before turning to Marcuses analysis of alienation. The final chapter demonstrates the compatibility of Amins and Marcuses analyses and concludes by pointing toward some possibilities for future research.
Subject: Political Science
Keywords: Critical Theory
Frankfurt School
Herbert Marcuse
Samir Amin
Marcuse
Amin
Imperialism
Marxism
Alienation
Alienation and imperialism
Political economy
Political theory
Social theory
Social and political thought
Western Marxism
Marx
Karl Marx
Psychoanalysis
World system
World Systems Theory
Dependency Theory
Freud
Marxist theories of imperialism
Centre
Periphery
Third World Marxism
Technological rationality
Enlightenment
Instrumental rationality
Instrumental reason
Technological reason
One dimensional man
One dimensional thinking
Commodity fetishism
Repressive desublimation
Exploitation
Proletariat
Working class
Bourgeoisie
Class struggle
Revolution
Delinking
Negative thinking
Struggle
Social transformation
Freedom
Human freedom
Transformative social change
Social change
Social struggle
Capitalism
Capitalist imperialism
New left
Estrangement
Totality
Totalizing
Domination
Liberation
Critique
Crisis
Crisis of capitalism
Critique of capitalism
Lukacs
Lukács
Technocracy
Marxist philosophy
Marxian philosophy
Marxist social theory
Marxian social theory
Sociological theory
Reification
Center and periphery
Centre and periphery
Imperialist world system
Capitalist world system
Capitalist imperialist world system
Advanced capitalism
Late capitalism
Obsolescent capitalism
Enlightenment thought
Enlightenment thinking
Administered society
Capitalist development
Tributary society
Tributary formation
Capitalist formation
Capitalist mode of production
Tributary mode of production
Capitalist society
Freudian Marxism
Marxism and psychoanalysis
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35803
Supervisor: Anderson, Karen
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Program: Sociology
Exam date: 2018-09-14
Publish on: 2019-03-05

Files in this item



This item appears in the following Collection(s)