612.4 The economic value of diseases. a sociological approach on the objectivation and commodification of subjectivity

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 9:45 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Maria Eugenia SCHEINFELD , Economic Sociology, IDAES-UNSAM, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the judicial and extra-judicial, the use of a conventional instrument which determines the economic retribution against psycho-physical damage is an element of sociological inquiry. The legitimation of a scale, defined as a table setting ranges psychological disability and / or physical sequel of diseases or injuries sustained by a person with responsibility to a third party, resulting from an agreement between private or state agents, which bring together specific particularistic interests. Ultimately, law and medicine make up a standard of "normalcy" that highlights an instrument of biopolitics (Foucault, 2000).
The failure determined from the instrument as a basis for calculating or negotiation of compensation. The paper aims to explore the reasons why a condition to physical and mental (subjective) transforms into a commercial transaction (objective). Ultimately, the commodification of human subjectivity (Simmel, 1900) forms the primary concern of this inquiry. The commodification of the body, and even of its parts, resulting from a complex web of power relations of social actors embedded in a social field which follows its own dynamics and that it is possible to reveal (Bourdieu, 1993).