I'm Nick Herriman, author of Entangled State, www.yale.edu/seas/EntangledState.htm. In the "25 Concepts in Anthropology" series, I present what I think are the 25 most important concepts in socio-cultural anthropology. Each concept provides a unique insight into what it is to be human. This episode concerns the concept of "commodity". Other important terms and concepts covered include: fetishism, capitalism, alienation, market, bourgeoisie (owners of property, sometimes called "capitalists"), proletariat, Commodity (fetish/exchange) value (realised in exchange, e.g. 1kg of gold appears more valuable), use value (realised without exchange, e.g. 1kg of steel knives are more valuable). Further reading: Marx, The Commodity, http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/commodity.htm
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