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commodification

commodification  

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See also privatization of information.1. (Marxist theory) The production of goods or services for ‘exchange’ via a market as opposed to simply for the producer's own use. This converts use values ...
commodity

commodity  

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A standardized good, which is traded in bulk and whose units are interchangeable. Commodities are mostly the output of the primary sector, that is, agriculture and mining, or semi-processed products. ...
consumer culture

consumer culture  

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See also advertising cultures; taste.1. A pejorative reference to modern Western society in terms of its domination by the marketing and consumption of goods and services (see also promotional ...
consumption

consumption  

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1 The process of using resources to satisfy human wants or needs.2 In water supply, the fraction of the water that is not available for use by humans.
culture industry

culture industry  

1. For Adorno and the critical theorists of the Frankfurt school, the mass-media entertainment industry and commercialized popular culture, which they saw as primarily concerned with producing not ...
false consciousness

false consciousness  

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A Marxist concept, referring to thinking that confirms human servitude, rather than emancipating the species essence. It refers to the purpose served by thought in the collective life of humanity. ...
fetishism

fetishism  

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n. sexual attraction to an inappropriate object (known as a fetish). This may be a part of the body (e.g. the foot or the hair), clothing (e.g. underwear or shoes), or other objects (e.g. leather ...
fetishism

fetishism  

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1. Originally in anthropology, the attribution of mysterious or supernatural qualities to material objects which then become the object of idolatry: see also commodity fetishism.2. (psychology) A ...
György Lukács

György Lukács  

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(1885–1971)Hungarian Marxist philosopher. Lukács was briefly a minister in the Hungarian government in 1919 and again in 1956, although he spent years in exile in Russia. Lukács saw in Marxism the ...
Karl Marx

Karl Marx  

(1818–83)German political philosopher and economist, resident in England from 1849. The founder of modern communism, he collaborated with Engels in the writing of the Communist Manifesto (1848). ...
proletariat

proletariat  

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The lowest class of citizens in ancient Rome; workers or working-class people, regarded collectively (often used with reference to Marxism).
reification

reification  

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1. The treatment of a relatively abstract signified (e.g. technology, mind, or self) as if it were a single, bounded, undifferentiated, fixed, and unchanging thing, the essential nature of which ...
superstructure

superstructure  

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In Marxist thought, superstructure refers to the political, legal, religious, and cultural institutions that rest upon and are determined by the economic base, or mode of production. See also base ...

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