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The System of Objects is a tour de force—a theoretical letter-in-a-bottle tossed into the ocean in 1968, which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day.

Pressing Freudian and Saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective, The System of Objects offers a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society. Baudrillard classifies the everyday objects of the “new technical order” as functional, nonfunctional and metafunctional. He contrasts “modern” and “traditional” functional objects, subjecting home furnishing and interior design to a celebrated semiological analysis. His treatment of nonfunctional or “marginal” objects focuses on antiques and the psychology of collecting, while the metafunctional category extends to the useless, the aberrant and even the “schizofunctional.” Finally, Baudrillard deals at length with the implications of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life.

The System of Objects is a tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early Baudrillard, who emerges in retrospect as something of a lightning rod for all the live ideas of the day: Bataille’s political economy of “expenditure” and Mauss’s theory of the gift; Reisman’s lonely crowd and the “technological society” of Jacques Ellul; the structuralism of Roland Barthes in The System of Fashion; Henri Lefebvre’s work on the social construction of space; and last, but not least, Guy Debord’s situationist critique of the spectacle.

Synopsis:

This is Jean Baudrillard's first book, which launched his ideas. It is a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society, analyzing and classifying various objects. It is also an examination of the implication of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life.

About the Author

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859840689
Translator:
Benedict, James
Author:
Benedict, James
Author:
Baudrillard, Jean
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Values
Subject:
Technology and civilization
Subject:
Consumption (economics)
Subject:
Philosophy, french
Subject:
Consumption
Subject:
Object
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Political
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
43
Publication Date:
19960817
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
8.00x7.98x.59 in. 1.00 lbs.

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Product details 214 pages Verso - English 9781859840689 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is Jean Baudrillard's first book, which launched his ideas. It is a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society, analyzing and classifying various objects. It is also an examination of the implication of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life.
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