The System of Objects

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System of Objects
AuthorJean Baudrillard
Original titleLe Système des objets
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Media typePrint

The System of Objects (French: Le Système des objets) is a 1968 book by the sociologist Jean Baudrillard. The book is based on the Baudrillard's doctoral thesis under the dissertation committee of Henri Lefebvre, Roland Barthes, and Pierre Bourdieu.[1]


In his early books, such as The System of Objects, For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign, and The Consumer Society, Baudrillard's main focus is upon consumerism, and how different objects are consumed in different ways. At this time Baudrillard's political outlook was loosely associated with Marxism (and situationism), but in these books he differed from Karl Marx in one significant way. For Baudrillard, as for the situationists, it was consumption rather than production that was the main driver of capitalist society.


  1. ^ Chris Turner's introduction to The Intelligence of Evil, Berg (2005), p. 2.