CapitalismCommodificationFreeman

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Capitalism and the Commodification of Life Themes: transformations of capitalism, transformations of culture, work, consumption and identity
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Mark Twain “Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
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Concept: commodification Means making something into a commodity, A commodity is something that can be bought and sold for profit Could be a crop, a manufactured good, a service, a resource, even, knowledge [i.e. “intellectual property” etc. e.g. commodification of land, commodification of labor
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Commodification is central to capitalism We take commodification for granted, but it is an on-going social process
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This Land is Your Land “As I was walking I saw a sign there, And on the sign it said, NO TRESPASSING, And on the other side, it didn’t say nothin’ -That side was made for you and me.” - Woody Guthrie
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New University ad Is everything to be bought and sold? What limits could or should there be? Organs cannot legally be bought or sold now. Ad says “earn what you’re worth” What is a human being worth? What are you worth? What am I worth? Is our pay the measure of our worth? What does such a worldview imply?
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culture and work [Barbados] P. 273 “Global assembly lines are as much about the production of people and identities as they are about restructuring
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