Definition: Consciousness-raising is the process of increasing awareness about an idea, usually through consideration of individual experiences to better understand a larger social or political reality. Consciousness refers to subjective awareness and the experience of knowledge. By raising consciousness, one elevates the importance of that knowledge, bringing to the surface issues that were previously ignored.
Pronunciation: kon' shus-nus raz' ɪŋ
Example: Consciousness-raising in the Women’s Liberation Movement most often took the form of group discussion. Each member shared a personal experience, and each experience contributed to the enlightenment of the group as a whole, but also to that of each individual member.