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What does Marx mean by the “fetishism of commodities”? (2010)

Author: A. Dobra

Affiliation: Alexandra Dobra an editor for the IAPSS's academic journal Politikon, redactor for the academic journal ResPublica Nova (ENS de Paris), chapter chairman and founder for The Transatlantic (LSE; Oxford; SIPA; York).

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Excellent Student Papers

Language: language

Abstract (english):

The present paper aims to analyse Marx’s concept of “fetishism of commodities” by explaining the mechanism of a social genesis of determined illusions, arising in the sphere of production and circulation of commodities. It highlights the existence of an auto-sustained autarkic system of 4 variables – reification, objectification, duplicity and habit - sustaining and leading to the fetishism of commodities.

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