Discipline: Political Science
Account of politics derived from but not limited to Marxism.
As members of groups, classes, and so on, people have interests which can be identified by the outside observer. These interests are real whether individuals or whole groups are aware of them or not, and enable commentators to detect success, exploitation, and so on, in the relations between one group and another. An obvious difficulty arises with attributing to a group an interest of which none of its members appear to be aware.
Geoffrey Roberts and Alistair Edwards, A New Dictionary of Political Analysis (London, 1991)