Good enough done with my Lefebvre chapter to go back re-focus and polish the chapters leading up to it. Those interested can download it lefebvrerewriteII. Comments appreciated.
Just to give some context. The chapter marks the end of my study of Marx, Lukacs, Adorno and Lefebvre’s theories of fetishism and social domination. In contrast to other studies that focus on fetishism as constitutive of other phenomena– such as false consciousness, alienation or reification–I focus on how each thinkers conception of fetishism fits into their theories of the constitution and constituents of social domination.
In the case of Lefebvre this means I focus on how he conceives of fetishism as a concrete abstraction that cannot entirely determine society. I then turn to showing how Lefebvre’s utilizes this conception of real abstraction in his critique of everyday life, writings on cities and production of space represent attempts to conceive of how domination is socially embedded. I conclude by criticizing his account of the genesis of social domination and his simplistic conception of the internal opposition between determination and resistance that is based on a dualistic opposition between quantity and quality.
Despite these harsh criticisms I find Lefebvre’s ideas of abstract space and urban form interesting and potentially useful. I also think that much of the chapter is too schematic. It could probably do with a more in depth discussion of how Lefebvre’s conception of critique fits into his different projects and how his changing conception of alienation relates to domination. They are there now, but might need bringing out, which I will try to do when I come back it. But since I only have 8 weeks left its back to fiddling with my introduction and my lit review and adding signposting to my chapter on Marx. (Since my poor supervisors seem to be indicative of the types of interpretations of fetishism I differentiate my approach from it was not clear to them why I found it necessary to include a section on Marx’s method in Capital, his theory of value and a summary of the fetish forms of commodities, money, capital, interest-bearing capital and the trinity formula in my discussion of the role of fetishism in Marx’s theory of the constitution and constituents of social domination.)