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Lecture 9

Lecture 9

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Ivanka Knezevic

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Class OutlineCourseSOCB42H3YLecture 14072010Topic Marxs political economyKey educational goalsoutcomes for todayLearn basic concepts that Marx uses to describe and analyse capitalist economyUnderstand the connection between the basic characteristics of capitalism and the inevitability of its demise as Marx understood itUnderstand that commodity fetishism represents an instance of false consciousnessimperfect understanding of society caused by the structure of that societyUnderstand that commodification fetishism and other economic phenomena are a part of any market transaction even in a nontraditional one such as organ traffickingReadingsScheperHughes Nancy 2001 Commodity Fetishism in Organ Trafficking Body and Society 7 23 3162Questions to guide the readingto think about ahead of time for studentsDefine organ trafficking Understand that this phenomenon can be analyzed from various standpoints economic socialinequality humanrights including the questions or consent privilege of donors and recipients etc and biomedicalWhich group of patients is privileged in organ trafficking How does the author explain their privileged positionThe author often puts the word donor in quotation marks WhyUnderstand that the author uses the word fetish in its original anthropological sense as an object embodying extraordinary including magical powers However the relations between organ recipients brokers and donors can usefully be analyzed as a case ofMarxian commodity fetishism Which practicesdiscourses serve to fetishize transplantorgans ie to conceal their sources and social relations involved in their procurementAGENDA FOR CLASSIntroductionMarx criticized class societies in general and capitalism in particular from two separate but connected viewpoints their detrimental influence on human essence of their members and the inequalities they generated He believed all social inequalities to be unjust Today we shall discuss both these elements of this critique on the example of capitalismThe main concepts for today
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