Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type



Sociology & Anthropology


General Electric is a multi-national corporate conglomerate based in the United States. General Electric, or GE, is one of the largest, most profitable corporations in America. Yet, despite the corporation’s immense success, large-scale environmental effects have been noted from General Electric’s past and present business activities, advertising techniques, and lobbying methods. The following research identifies two main areas of devastation along the Hudson River in New York and the Housatonic River in Massachusetts. Along with an examination of environmental damage, this research implements a post-Marxist deconstruction of power. The following research also examines the media, corporate welfare, corrupt activities, and existing policy in order to achieve a better understanding of General Electric’s vast wealth and success.