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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Liberation from corporate psychic colonization: New subjectivity awakening in conscience
by Hayase, Nozomi, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 277; 3636409
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Watkins, Mary
Commitee: Chalquist, Craig, Parenti, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology
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
Publication Number: 3636409
ISBN: 978-1-321-18034-3
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