Against the Grain

Against Commodification

Commodification is essential to capitalism: turning the necessities of life, including education, water, and healthcare, into products for sale. But even under capitalism there are periods when the drive to commodify is particularly intense and other periods when there is a push back against commodification. Political economist Christoph Hermann discusses the origins of the concept, how commodification works, and what life after commodification might look like.


Christoph Hermann, The Critique of Commodification: Contours of a Post-Capitalist Society Oxford University Press, 2021

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