Fetishization -- things vs relations
Hugh Rodwell m-14970 at mailbox.swipnet.se 
Fri Sep 25 01:20:38 MDT 1998 

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BodyS writes:

> Fetishizing, it seems to me, is the transformation of the thing
>into a social entity.

The problem is that Marx's view is the exact opposite. For him,
fetishization is the transformation of a social relation of power into a
thing -- for instance, the car is assigned the status that comes with the
power over others expressed by the owner's ability to dispose over social
value, or money is seen as a source of wealth rather than an expression of
power over the labour of others embodied in a product of labour.



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