For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

The Mirror of Production

by Baudrillard, Jean (1975)

Abstract

Are the concepts of labor and of production adaptable to a developing industrial society? What is the meaning of "pre-industrial organization"? In attempting to answer these questions, Jean Baudrillard examines the lessons of Marxism which has created a productivist model and a fetishism of labor. He argues that we must break the mirror of production which "reflects all of Western metaphysics," and free the Marxist logic from the restrictive context of political economy whence it was born. A book certain to provide serious and much needed debate. -- publisher description.

Key Passage

In this sense need, use value, and the referent "do not exist". They are only concepts produced and projected into a generic dimension by the development of the very system of exchange value. (p.30)

Keywords

Industrial Society, Industrialisation, Marx, Marxism, Fetishism, Mirror Of Production, Metaphysics, Logic, Political Economy, Unviersality, Capitalism, Production

Themes

Baudrillard Citations, Baudrillard Citations

Links to Reference

Translator

Poster, M.

Citation


How to contribute.