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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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The Reversibility of Reification

The Reversibility of Reification

Adorno from the Aesthetic to the Social

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(p.142) 5 The Reversibility of Reification
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A Political Economy of the Senses
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Anita Chari

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173896.003.0006

This chapter turns to Theodor Adorno’s aesthetic theory of reification for a more embodied approach to critique. The chapter argues that Adorno's aesthetic theory, perhaps despite himself, provides one crucial strategy for dereified praxis, the notion of the “defetishizing fetish,” an artwork that acts a kind of Trojan Horse, a homeopathic assault upon forms of domination in neoliberal society.

Keywords:   Adorno, Reification, Aesthetics, Practice, Neoliberalism, domination

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