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Consumption in Baudrillard's works

Marianne Damoiseau

on 4 September 2012

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Transcript of Baudrillard

The System of Objects (1968)
The Consumer Society: Myths and Structure (1970)
For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign (1972) On consumption Key concepts Sign value We consume sign value, not the objects themselves. Key concepts A collective function We consume to impress others Personalization Key concepts “'personalization' […] is actually a basic ideological concept of a society which 'personalizes' objects and beliefs solely in order to integrate persons more effectively” It creates an illusion of being indivual and different, when the complete opposite is happening. Absence of freedom Key concepts Consumption is mandatory, just like work is. Similar to a psychosomatic illness. Our consumption influences our social status. Not consuming makes you a social pariah. Illusion of enjoyment Jean Baudrillard
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