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The school of cultural Marxism that uncritically ascribes to the determinacy of the base is hard pressed to resolve key issues regarding so-called superstructural phenomena such as culture and art.
This "economistic" stance is understood to preclude agency and contestation at the superstructural realm of the capitalist social formation.
A developed theory of ideology is important for our discussion of art because art is superstructural and not materially based, therefore art exists within the domain of ideology and an understanding of ideology becomes central to our critique of art ("Dissidence in the 1978 Venice Biennale").
Many middle class elements who did not understand the deep roots of the movement, gravitated to superstructural elements such as the locks and the smoking of ganja without understanding the roots.
Language is a powerful superstructural semiotic tool through which hegemonies, gendered or otherwise, are created and sustained.
Geertz's 50-year-long study of the two villages in Indonesia and Morocco underscores the complicated turn to modernity, and the stark differences between this paradigmatic shift and superstructural changes begot by modernization.
This principle maintains that all forms of consciousness, including religious consciousness, are superstructural phenomena which are determined or conditioned by the material base, such as the production processes.
Simply treating the state as a superstructural entity precludes any conceptual capacity to discern the movement of value in welfare policy.
institutions with openness, simplicity and clarity of procedures) and superstructural (i.
It was largely through these texts made available by Telos that the New Left was able to develop its critique of what was called "orthodox Marxism" in its Leninist, Trotskyist, and Kautskyian forms, with their common emphasis on strong central states, "economic" reductionism, and dismissal of concerns about culture and consciousness, which were seen as mere bourgeois, superstructural epiphenomena.
The individual stories and reminiscences that emerge from such sources lend a greater humanity to the (often) impersonal tendency to emphasize the superstructural apparatus of nationhood rather than the foundational fact that nations are comprised of individuals living their lives and negotiating the changing parameters of historical transformation.
He famously observes in "On Violence" that because of the material, rather than superstructural, function of racial hierarchy in colonialism, Marxism needed to be "stretched" in order to fit the analysis of colonial conditions.