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The Transcending Power of Goods: Imaginative Value in the Economy

This chapter examines the transcending power of goods by focusing on a specific form of symbolic value termed ‘imaginative value’. It first considers the question of what attracts consumers to the goods they purchase before turning to a discussion of the positional and imaginative sources of... Full description

1st Person: Beckert, Jens
Source: in: The Worth of Goods: Valuation and Pricing in the Economy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), p. 106-128
Type of Publication: Article
Published: 2011
Keywords: goods > symbolic value > imaginative value > consumers > Emile Durkheim > totemistic religions > material objects > valuation > markets
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