Lama Tawakkol


Much like all processes, empowerment is dialectical. Rather than being a one-sided attempt, the (dis)empowerment of capital or the working class is governed by the perpetual struggle between them. Building on this, this thesis investigates the relation between both parties to the struggle, examining how workers have been disempowered by capital in our contemporary moment. By specifically focusing on production processes, social relations and mental conceptions, it analyzes workers’ position in the class struggle and outlines opportunities for their organization, stronger resistance and alternatives. The thesis conducts a universal analysis, while drawing on particular examples, to emphasize the similarity in different workers’ experiences, break through dominant fetishisms and enhance the working class’s position in relation to capital and, hence, its prospects for empowerment and liberation.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2017

First Advisor

McMahon, Sean

Committee Member 1

Kazziha, Walid

Committee Member 2

El Nur, Ibrahim


160 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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Highly indebted to Dr. Sean McMahon for his invaluable support as my supervisor.