Technology, Hegemony, and Citizenship

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Creator: 

Jerusalimiec, Lucas Daniel

Date: 

2018

Abstract: 

Political theorists in the tradition of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Ellul describe technology as a systematic, efficient, and autonomous force that is reordering society. This paper considers how such a view of technology impacts our understanding of modern citizenship, as well as two major critiques that seek to preserve the possibility of citizenship in spite of technological progress. My thesis is that when theorists consider technology to have the power to reorder society, they think this reordering will lead to ever greater homogenization. Alexandre Kojève interprets homogenization as a prerequisite to political satisfaction, while Edmund Burke thinks that homogenization will collapse due to its own internal logic. The thinkers who deal with technology and citizenship seek to avoid tyranny, but they cannot do so while accepting homogenization as the probable outcome of technological progress. We are left with the problem of recovering political agency through convention rather than scientific power.

Subject: 

Political Science

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Political Science

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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