overdetermination

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overdetermination

  1. for FREUD the process in which a ‘condensation’ of a number of complex thoughts gives rise to a single image (as in recurring dreams).
  2. by analogy with the above, the combined outcome of the multiple contradictions existing in the different areas of a 'social formation‘ at any given time, in which, according to Louis ALTHUSSER (1969), each contradiction is ‘inseparable from the total structure of the social body‘ and is both determined by and in turn also determines this total structure. The existence of such overdetermination is seen as accounting for such phenomena as UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT, since complex ‘overdeterminations‘ mean that no social formation develops simply
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