Rethinking Reification in Contemporary Social Theory

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:20 PM
Room: Booth 63
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research (host committee)

Language: English

One of the central moments of alienation for Marx was the rendering of people as objects, as things to be exploitd for their labor and manipulated to prompt consumption, which as Lukacs argued, alienated conciousness, based on bourgeois categories of thought, thwarted critical capacities that enabled people to understand their class position. As this session will argue, the concept remains a timely concern for contemporary theory and research.
Session Organizer:
Lauren LANGMAN, Loyola University of Chicago, USA
Reification: Reconstruction and Extension Of a Concept (Oral Presentation)
Michael J. THOMPSON, William Paterson University, USA

Contemporary Reification and Second Order Abstractions (Oral Presentation)
Craig BROWNE, University of Sydney, Australia

Reification, Money, and Wage Labour: A Defense of the Classical Theory (Oral Presentation)
Christoph HENNING, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Switzerland