make (something abstract) more concrete or real
The reification of late capitalism--the transformation of human relations into an appearance of relations between things--renders society opaque
The soldier could then take refuge only in reified duty--'I don't like it, but it is my duty'
Instead of reifying this process as an expression of eternal standard-economic laws, I treat it as the outcome of distributional conflict between classes.
on the neoliberal revolution
contradictions fissure this crystal palace of reified economic and political realities
a reified world of autonomous simulacra
One of Corbyn’s virtues is that he is not overly impressed by that reified category we call ‘public opinion’.
the reifying shackles of apocalyptic discourse
Reification means "that a relation between people takes on the character of a thing and thus acquires 'phantom objectivity', an autonomy that seems so strictly rational and all-embracing as to conceal every trace of its fundamental nature: the relation between people"
citing Lukacs (History and Class Consciousness)
To account for the gap, Lukács developed the notion of reification, extending Marx’s analysis of the ‘fetishism of the commodity form’ in Capital.
from disenchantment to the ultimate reification: the making of thing into human and human into thing with the result that humanity, ultimately, is expendable
Much of contemporary political economy clings to a reified notion of scarcity as an objective condition with respect to objectively needed material requirements of life
a more and more reified version of "myself"
Žižek adopts the Marxist argument of ‘reification’ developed, in particular, by Lukács in History and Class Consciousness (1923).
It was the beginning of a 'reification' of the literary work, the treatment of it as an object in itself, which was to be triumphantly consummated in the American New Criticism.
dissolving the reified appearance of capital
having reduced the perimeter of social justice to quantitative measures, compensating in time or money for a reification of labour that is judged necessary according to the principles of the social state
Wage-earners, businesses and states are facing the same process of reification which, being humanly untenable, will necessarily give rise to new juridical responses
A few years later, the analysis of reification of History and Class Consciousness (1919–1923) will offer a Marxist way out from those contradictions
on the one hand, they thematize reified features of a much more complicated social totality, and on the other, they demand functional interpretation in order to be grasped from an ideological perspective
classic Jameson speak
deconstructive remedies are in principle dereifying, as they aim to destabilize invidious status distinctions
These expectations in as sense define what the PC has become--its reified form--so that we forget that each item on the list was the outcome of a choice and that other possibilities were neglected in the process.
institutions and practices that have been reified [...] so that they seem to be constants of human existence, beyond the reach of reform through intentional human action
most of the cultural commentary from the Third World, walked a fine line between the reification of the divide between the colonizer and the colonized, and the treatment of it as dialectical.
To the degree, for example, that states are reifications are mental conceptions
Capital is accumulated labor (in its materialized form or its "incorporated," embodied form) which, when appropriated on a private, i.e., exclusive, basis by agents or groups of agents, enables them to appropriate social energy in the form of reified or living labor.
The human seems to have been reified by time
Nietzsche, however, believed neither in mega-entities nor in everyday ones. He thought the very idea of there being distinct objects, such as God or gooseberries, was just a reifying effect of language.
Yet this was true only of the work of art’s form. Since its content inevitably reflected the reified world around it, it could provide no lasting source of redemption.
on art as a potential source of human value
the reification of the bourgeois world in the forms of the generalized ‘commodification’ of social activities
we succumb to the mechanism of reification, in the course of which we forget the best thing of all. That turns a part of the process into an absolute
To argue that the opinions of all people of the same ‘race’ matter equally in a specifically Western debate is to reify the Western construct of race as unerringly real.
its task would be to overturn capital (but capital as a reified social relation)