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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.

      https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/english/theory/marxism/modules/marxfetishism.html

  3. Dec 2019
    1. medieval burgher could only afford to consume one teaspoon of the sweet granules per year.

      Commodity: Sugar Sugar is rare, for the rich only. It is very expensive, even for the rich.

      Medieval Burgher) -> rich people live in town.

  • Jul 2018
    1. Consider also the symbolic dimension of lead time (Hall 1959, p. 17). Essentially defining themselves as less accessible, the powerful and eminent usually also demand longer advance notice when being approached, occasionally making others wait longer before they can reach them for the mere sake of displaying the r

      How does the idea of "lead time" square with Mazmanian et al's paper on time as a commodity imbued with power?

    1. Similarly, E. P. Thompson [53], in his paper on time disci-pline and industrial capitalism, suggests that a view of time as an interchangeable commodity came to replace what had been a more task-oriented approach to time use. Glennie and Thrift argue against this conceptualisation of clock time. They acknowledge that people’s consciousness of time was disrupted by the clock, but disagree with a notion of clock time that is “inauthentic, unnatural, omnipotent” [p. 50], that follows the metaphor of the production line, or that adopts a narrative of a world that is intensifying and speeding up.

      This seems to also follow Hassan's use of the commodity metaphor in thinking about time.

  • Jun 2016