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Catherine Perret

Materialism and Capitalism Today

Zoo-aesthetics and a Critique of the Social Bond after Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan
This chapter identifies a materiality of social bonds that is not reducible to the logic of exchange value between alienated subjects. It analyses different forms of relationship of the human body to the milieu, following Marcel Mauss’s techniques of the body and André Leroi-Gourhan’s definitions of evolution. The producing body, it is argued, does more than only embody norms in a process of subjectivation. The externalization of the body in gestures cannot be reduced, therefore, to the evolutionary level that produces ethnic and social norms.
Keywords: embodiment; individuation; subjectivation; human evolution; gesture; tools; social norms; speech; capitalism; technics; materialism; Mauss, Marcel; Leroi-Gourhan, André
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Materialism and Capitalism Today
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Zoo-aesthetics and a Critique of the Social Bond after Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan
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Catherine Perret
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This chapter identifies a materiality of social bonds that is not reducible to the logic of exchange value between alienated subjects. It analyses different forms of relationship of the human body to the milieu, following Marcel Mauss’s techniques of the body and André Leroi-Gourhan’s definitions of evolution. The producing body, it is argued, does more than only embody norms in a process of subjectivation. The externalization of the body in gestures cannot be reduced, therefore, to the evolutionary level that produces ethnic and social norms.
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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2021
Subject
embodiment
individuation
subjectivation
human evolution
gesture
tools
social norms
speech
capitalism
technics
materialism
Mauss, Marcel
Leroi-Gourhan, André
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Materialism and Capitalism
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133
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144
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Materialism and Politics, ed. by Bernardo Bianchi, Emilie Filion-Donato, Marlon Miguel, and Ayşe Yuva, Cultural Inquiry, 20 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021), pp. 133–44
Bibliographic Citation
Catherine Perret, ‘Materialism and Capitalism Today: Zoo-aesthetics and a Critique of the Social Bond after Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan’, in Materialism and Politics, ed. by Bernardo Bianchi, Emilie Filion-Donato, Marlon Miguel, and Ayşe Yuva, Cultural Inquiry, 20 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021), pp. 133–44 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-20_07>

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Cite as: Catherine Perret, ‘Materialism and Capitalism Today: Zoo-aesthetics and a Critique of the Social Bond after Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan’, in Materialism and Politics, ed. by Bernardo Bianchi, Emilie Filion-Donato, Marlon Miguel, and Ayşe Yuva, Cultural Inquiry, 20 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021), pp. 133–44 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-20_07>
Catherine Perret, ‘Materialism and Capitalism Today: Zoo-aesthetics and a Critique of the Social Bond after Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan’, in Materialism and Politics, ed. by Bernardo Bianchi, Emilie Filion-Donato, Marlon Miguel, and Ayşe Yuva, Cultural Inquiry, 20 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021), pp. 133-44 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-20_07>

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