9781844670536-1844670538-The System of Objects (Radical Thinkers)

The System of Objects (Radical Thinkers)

ISBN-13: 9781844670536
ISBN-10: 1844670538
Edition: Nineth
Author: Baudrillard, Jean
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Verso
Format: Paperback 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781844670536
ISBN-10: 1844670538
Edition: Nineth
Author: Baudrillard, Jean
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Verso
Format: Paperback 224 pages

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Acknowledged authors Baudrillard, Jean wrote The System of Objects (Radical Thinkers) comprising 224 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1844670538 and 9781844670536. Since then The System of Objects (Radical Thinkers) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.85 or rent at the marketplace.

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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.
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