Meny

Javascript verkar inte påslaget? - Vissa delar av Lunds universitets webbplats fungerar inte optimalt utan javascript, kontrollera din webbläsares inställningar.
Du är här

Symbolic technologies: Machines and the Marxian notion of fetishism

Publiceringsår: 2001
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 473-496
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Anthropological Theory
Volym: 1
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Sage

Sammanfattning

By extending the Marxian theory of fetishism from money and commodities to machines, we may achieve an epistemological shift in our understanding of the foundations of 'technological development'. The first part of the article discusses previous definitions of fetishism in order to distil some central themes that appear to be particularly significant to the argument on machine fetishism. It is argued that semiotic theory can be useful in distinguishing different varieties of fetishism. The core of the Marxian definition is understood to be the mystification of unequal relations of social exchange through the attribution of autonomous agency or productivity to certain kinds of material objects. The attribution of productivity to modern technology is here interpreted as a mystification of the unequal, global exchange of (labour) time and (natural) space.

Disputation

Nyckelord

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • History and Archaeology
  • Law and Political Science
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • semiotics
  • technology
  • material culture
  • fetishism
  • economic anthropology
  • unequal exchange

Övriga

Published
Yes
  • ISSN: 1463-4996

Box 117, 221 00 LUND
Telefon 046-222 00 00 (växel)
Telefax 046-222 47 20
lu [at] lu [dot] se

Fakturaadress: Box 188, 221 00 LUND
Organisationsnummer: 202100-3211
Om webbplatsen