A path of interpreting the “consumer society”: The perspective of Karl Marx and its significance [Book Review]

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (2):282-293 (2008)
Abstract
When Western Marxist sociologists, such as Jean Buadrillard, constructed their critical theory of consumer society, they took the consumer society as an objective fact and methodologically restricted themselves to the non-historical method of sociology, making them unable to grasp the correct meaning of Karl Marx's historical materialist methodology. Thus, they were unable to adequately critique and transcend consumer society. After spending the early 1850s building a theoretical foundation, Marx pointed out in 1857–1858 Economical Manuscript and 1861–1863 Economical Manuscript that the governing model of capital was so complicated that it made consumption very important to the socio-economic form. Moreover, he explained the way of surpassing the conscious form of fetishism developed in consumer society from the perspective of the development of capitalist production.
Keywords consumer society  historical materialism  Karl Marx  process of production  消费社会  历史唯物主义  马克思  生产过程
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