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Repressive Society and the Utopia of Sexual and Political Liberation at Herbert Marcuse {1}

The Repressive Society and the Utopia of the Sexual and Political Liberation according Herbert Marcuse

Abstract: The article analyses Marcuse's ideas of repressive society and the power of Eros. The accent is also put on his conception of the mass culture as an ideology of industrial civilization and on the opposite vision of the high culture as one of the modes of the great refusal to the values and norms of the repressive society. The concepts of mass and high culture are analysed in the context of Marcuse's distinction of basic and surplus repression.

Keywords:repressive society, basic and surplus repression, mass culture, great refusal