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Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America

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Publisher Comments:

In this classic book, Michael Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory, Taussig finds that the fetishization of evil, in the image of the devil, mediates the conflict between precapitalist and capitalist modes of objectifying the human condition. He links traditional narratives of the devil-pact, in which the soul is bartered for illusory or transitory power, with the way in which production in capitalist economies causes workers to become alienated from the commodities they produce. A new chapter for this anniversary edition features a discussion of Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille that extends Taussig’s ideas about the devil-pact metaphor.

Synopsis:

In this classic book, Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. A new chapter for this anniversary edition features a discussion of Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille that extends some of the ideas discussed in the original text.

About the Author

Michael T. Taussig is professor of anthropology at Columbia University. He is author of ten books, including What Color Is the Sacred? and Walter Benjamin's Grave.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807841068
Author:
Taussig, Michael
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Superstition
Subject:
Plantations
Subject:
Superstition -- Case studies.
Subject:
Tin mines and mining.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Fetish; fetishism; South America; commodity; plantation workers; miners; devil; evil; precapitalism; capitalism; human condition; folklore;
Subject:
Fetish; fetishism; South America; commodity; plantation workers; mine
Subject:
rs; devil; evil; precapitalism; capitalism; human condition; folklore;
Subject:
Fetish
Subject:
Fetishism
Subject:
commodity
Subject:
Plantation workers
Subject:
Miners
Subject:
Devil
Subject:
Evil
Subject:
precapitalism
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Human Condition
Subject:
Folklore
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
#10
Publication Date:
20100415
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Central and South America
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America
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"Synopsis" by , In this classic book, Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. A new chapter for this anniversary edition features a discussion of Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille that extends some of the ideas discussed in the original text.

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