Recognition and Social Relations of Production

Historical Materialism 2 (1):57-98 (1998)
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Andrew Chitty
University of Sussex
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This article presents a new interpretation of the concept of social relations of production in Marx. Against G.A. Cohen, it argues that social relations of production are relations of interaction between persons, not relations of de facto control between persons and means of production. It argues further that these relations are relations of 'de facto recognition', that is, relations constituted by actions in which individuals treat each other as if they recognised each other in certain ways, whether or not the relevant recognitional attitudes are present.
Keywords recognition  social relations of production  Marx  Hegel
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DOI 10.1163/156920698100414194
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