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A Political Economy of the SensesNeoliberalism, Reification, Critique$
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Anita Chari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173896

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173896.001.0001

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Alienation and Depoliticization

Alienation and Depoliticization

Rejoining Radical Democracy with the Critique of Capitalism

(p.91) 3 Alienation and Depoliticization
A Political Economy of the Senses

Anita Chari

Columbia University Press

This chapter reconstructs Karl Marx’s concepts of alienation and commodity fetishism, and puts Marx’s writings to work in understanding the historical specificity of the capitalist articulations of economics and politics. In this chapter, the so-called epistemological break between the humanist Marx and the scientific Marx is bridged by grasping these phases of Marx’s work as two essential aspects of the critique of capitalist politics, which moreover are central to the critique of neoliberalism.

Keywords:   Alienation, Karl Marx, Kreuznach manuscript, Democracy, commodity fetishism

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