This study is an engagement in interdisciplinary academic activism situated within the revolutionary period from the 2010 rise of WikiLeaks through the subsequent cycle of global uprisings. I examined two global forces that have implications for divergent conceptions of the self: one a neoliberal agenda enacted by an interlocking of corporations and nation-states, and the other a decentralized uprising of global resistance through spontaneous collaborative networks. The former forges corporate personhood, a term I use to describe a psychological condition beyond the legal construct it typically refers to. It conspires in secret and enforces domination through imposed hierarchies. The latter forges a self that is an opening to the other and working on the basis of equality.
I traced the roots of the corporate mind to historical colonial oppression, distilling the process of corporate colonization and identifying the consequences on our psyches. I analyzed whistleblower Chelsea Manning's act of conscience as a catharsis toward post-colonial consciousness, freeing one from governance by the corporate state. The uncensored view of modern war that was revealed in the Collateral Murder video provided a mirror which reflects the corporate colonial mind and reveals the internalized colonizer within. I examined the insurgence of horizontally organized movements like online collective Anonymous and Occupy, contagions of courage exemplified by Manning's conscience giving birth to a new interconnected subjectivity.
I conducted my research using the creed of transparency through disclosure of the researcher's agenda and gathered material utilizing Rosemarie Anderson's principle of sympathetic resonance. Combined with critical phenomenology, I engaged in a liberatory praxis, siding with the oppressed to interpret the corporate occupation of psychic space through hegemony and universalization of Euro-American individualism.
I propose that decentralized networks working toward a consensus are weaving a new consciousness that liberates imposed corporate identities and transforms rigid ideological frames of mind into a burgeoning empathic culture of the heart.
Keywords: WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, corporate personhood, corporate mentality, liberation psychology, psychic decolonization, post-colonial consciousness, conscience, colonization.
|Commitee:||Chalquist, Craig, Parenti, Michael|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Modern history, Political science|
|Keywords:||Colonization, Conscience, Corporate personhood, Liberation psychology, Manning, chelsea, Psychopathy|
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