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Burning MoneyThe Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld$
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C. Fred Blake

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835323

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.001.0001

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A Postscript on the Grain of Sand

A Postscript on the Grain of Sand

(p.213) A Postscript on the Grain of Sand
Burning Money

C. Fred Blake

University of Hawai'i Press

This postscript discusses the long-dominant structure of the Chinese lifeworld in contrast to the Cartesian lifeworld of the West. It considers, from a Marxian perspective, three ways of experiencing and knowing the world that are shaped in modes of production/reproduction: mystification, reification, and simulation. It explains how mystification is intertwined with the ritual mode of production/reproduction, which in turn is concerned with the authenticity of the artifice, a preoccupation of social economy. It suggests that mystification is tied to an ideological mode of producing/reproducing state-based capitalisms while reification is simulated through semiosis. It concludes by emphasizing the importance of understanding how these modes of production/reproduction influence our notions of value.

Keywords:   Chinese lifeworld, production, mystification, reification, simulation, authenticity, social economy, capitalism, reproduction, value

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