I believe this can be strongly tied into the Marxist ideas of commodity fetishism and false consciousness as the culture industry creates repressive and alienating effects through products and commodities. The theory of commodity fetishism basically states that people experience social relationships as value relations between things. False consciousness is a theory that states that material and institutional processes in capitalistic societies basically mislead the lower and working classes through the power of capitalism. It seems as if people within capitalistic societies allow their lives to be organized or controlled through the medium of commodities. We trade our own commodities (such as labour) for a special commodity: money.
INTRODUCTION Several outstanding philosophers such as Marx (1844), Kierkegaard (1941), Rousseau (1950), and Nietzsche (1954) paid serious attention to the notion of alienation. They strongly believed that alienation existed in the world and characterized it for us in such ways that we couldn't help but accept it as part of human reality. Marx was the most closely associated with and thus made the most contributions to the concept of alienation. According to Marx, alienation refers to the split between a human's existence (material) and essence (soul). Marx discusses alienation in a relatively restricted context-namely, the lives of wage workers in the early capitalist society.
The opening chapters of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen lay the groundwork and basic understandings for the rest of the novel. They provide crucial information and background on all the characters and their relationships with each other. They also offer an insight into the workings of society at the time and the issues with gender and class that were present. In the 1790s when the novel was first written and in 1811-12 when it was revised, there was great social revolution happening within the class system in England. As the Industrial Revolution set in between 1750 to 1850, many families required a fortune in trade, and rose up into the aristocracy, as shown through the Bingley and the Lucas family in the text.
Marx believes that we now live in a capitalist society, which is based on divisions in society. He labels the two classes, the capitalist class the bourgeoisie and the class of the labourers the proletariat. Marx believes that this type of society is unequal, as the proletariat do not receive the goods that they have produced; only the cost of subsistence is received. Marx also believes that competition drives the ownership of the means of production into fewer hands, this drives smaller independent producers to become a part of the proletariat. Competition also creates companies to drive down wages, as they will wish to make their products at the lowest cost they can, this alienating the working class and causing them to become impoverished.
It breeds competition and commodity fetishism, whereby people gain a desire for material things. The people in question become obsessed with personal gain and coming out on top, breaking the law is a small price to pay for the reward of success. David Gordon argues that crime is a response to the capitalist system and is found in every single part of the class structure, even if the official statistics mark it out to be a working class problem. Marxists see law making and law enforcement as serving the interest of capitalism, Chambliss argues that law to protect private property are made to protect the interest of the dominant and capitalist or ruling class because they decide as to what constitutes as crime. Laureen Snider argues that the state is reluctant to pass laws that regulate the activities of businesses or threaten their profits, there is the Marxist view that there is one law for the rich and another for the poor.
The idea holds that human societies progress through a class struggle. This thought holds throughout the entire Hunger Games series but the theory is also clear within the first movie. So who has money and who is in need of money? Taking a look at the Capitol and its society, one can easily assume which economic class it represents. The men and women dress in very vibrant and colorful clothing along with exaggerated hairstyles and make-up.