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The Common GrowlToward a Poetics of Precarious Community$
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Thomas Claviez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270910.001.0001

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Can Society Be Commodities All the Way down?

Can Society Be Commodities All the Way down?

Post-Polanyian Reflections on Capitalist Crisis

(p.139) Can Society Be Commodities All the Way down?
The Common Growl

Nancy Fraser

Fordham University Press

Starting from the framework laid out by Karl Polanyi in The Great Transformation, this essay intervenes by questioning the social structures of domination that are often left out in the analysis of crisis, specifically of the economic sort. Looking at the confluence of elements making up today’s global crisis through a tripartite structure, the “fictional commodification” that is at the heart of Polanyi’s analysis is seen to come up short in generating a substantive critique of the deleterious effects, ecological, social, and economic, that this crisis has brought. It is further argued that the effects of domination, here most closely looked at through a feminist lens, must be seen as cutting across these three zones. By releasing critique from, rather than confining it to, sub-categories, it is possible to see the emancipatory possibilities an interwoven and holistic critique of society in crisis affords.

Keywords:   crisis, domination, ecology, economy, emancipation, feminism, fictional commodification, Polanyi

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