Aug 31 2014

Commodity Fetishism

Published by at 8:18 pm under Reflection Blog


Through reading Karl Marx’s theory about commodity fetishism, I am more aware now of how capitalism affects economic and social relationships. Before, I never thought of labor as a commodity. Since everything that can be exchanged in the market is a commodity, labor also falls into that category. Marx’s example of making a table perfectly describes the need for labor in order to make these commodities. Human labor gives a product its value. Any purchases or “exchanges” that you make whether it is your services for a job or when buying clothes at the mall will define the relationship you have with the employer. It is also interesting to think of the role of a laborer and the alienation and disconnect that often follow through the individualized actions.

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