internal colonization of the life-world
internal colonization of the life-worldthe penetration of forms of economic and administrative rationality into areas of ‘communicative practice’ which specialize in cultural transmission (HABERMAS, Theory of Communicative Action, 1984-88). The outcome, according to Habermas, is a ‘cultural impoverishment’ of everyday life, and an associated ‘loss of meaning’ and ‘loss of freedom’.
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