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  1. Feb 2020
    1. The coat is a use value that satisfies a particular want

      Marx: "Yesterday I pawned a coat dating back to my Liverpool days in order to buy writing paper" (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Collected Works, vol. 38 [1852-55]: 221).

      On the significance of Marx's coat, see Peter Stallybrass, “Marx’s Coat,” in Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces, ed. Patricia Spyer (New York: Routledge, 1998): 183–207. [PDF].

  2. Jan 2020
    1. Fetish

      "Fetishism" and "commodity fetishism" as Marx uses it refers to an object that embodies the mystery and labor production of those who create it. "Fetishism in anthropology refers to the primitive belief that godly powers can inhere in inanimate things (e.g., in totems)." This definition of "fetish" is not to be confused with the Freudian use of the term.